Back to school shopping is on everyone’s minds right now and I’m starting to stock up, even though we are still eagerly anticipating my daughters teacher assignment for first grade. This year will be the first year she attends full-day and we are both a bit excited and nervous about it. While scheduling will be easier for everyone, the longer day means more responsibilities and more time in the classroom.
It is important to me that both of my kids get everything they need for their back to school lists but also to save money while doing it! When the chance to tour the Northeast Philadelphia BJ’s came my way, I was excited to check out the store and see what kind of savings were available. I found that their back to school aisles were not only stocked, but that there was a much wider selection of products than I had originally anticipated. Whether your children are off to preschool or headed to their first college dorm, everything is you need is there.
Keeping with trends, the retro and vintage inspired fridges, microwaves, and fans came in candy apple red and the popular green hues still at the low prices you would expect to find at a wholesale club.
Popular staples like notebooks, binders, portfolios, planners, BIC products, and Crayola sets were all very reasonably priced and purchasing in multi-packs allows you to get what you need for all of your kids at a cheaper price than regular retail. The Crayola Twistable sets (washable markers or colored pencils) come in a 65 count and in a cute carrying case with paper already inside. Perfect for the younger set and easy clean up for Mom!
Importantly, I learned a few tips that I was unaware of before about additional ways to save money at BJ’s. Here you go!
- BJ’s is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturer’s coupons in addition to in-house coupons. Members may use one BJ’s coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon on a single item.
- When purchasing a multi-pack of “individual for sale” packaged items, which is a set of items that could be sold individually (each item has a barcode) shrink-wrapped and sold together, shoppers can combine one BJ’s-issued coupon with manufacturers coupons. *Not to exceed actual retail price.
- For manufacturers coupons that are BOGO (buy one, get one free), BJ’s will honor the coupon for items in stock as long as the BJ’s price does not exceed the max value stated on the coupon. Maximum value must also be stated on coupon.
- High value coupons are available in-store in the Membership Savings Book. I took a few minutes to look through the most recent one, and found coupons for so many back to school items including notebooks and tape and was shocked at how low they took the prices!
Going back to school is a big event and we want our kids to be ready to take in all the knowledge they can and also build good, solid friendships with classmates. I hope the tips in this post help you save some money on back to school shopping so that there’s extra room in the budget to treat your child to something special before it’s time to hit the books!