Have you been taking advantage of all the great back-to-school sales yet? If not, you should be checking them out. I've gotten some great deals on supplies to last us all year long.  However, now is also a good time to be getting an idea of what prices are running because Florida's Tax-Free weekend is coming up very soon. It's scheduled for August 12-14 this year. Unfortunately, the tax-free benefit is not good on everything, so I encourage you to check the list of qualifying items before shopping.  According to information found on About.com, Florida's Tax Free Weekend Applies to:

  • Books, clothing, and footwear ($75 or less)
  • School supplies ($15 or less)

Unfortunately it doesn't apply to bigger ticket items such as computers, but if you are in the market for one, I've seen some really good sales lately.

This is also a great time to stock up on supplies or clothing you might need over the next few months. After all, Christmas/Hannukah is not that far away now!  If you do not have children going back to school, it is still a good time to stock up on supplies for your home or office.

You will still want to compare prices at the stores where you shop. Many stores will have a limit on how many of a sale item you can purchase, so it may be necessary to go to multiple locations or make multiple trips to get what you need. Fortunately for us, in S. Florida, we usually have multiple locations of each store within a reasonable distance.

Before you begin to shop, use your Sales Flyers from Sunday's paper, or from the store's website, to compare prices to make sure you get the best deals.

If your children require uniforms for school, you may want to check prices in stores as well as on their website. Many stores offer site-to-store shipping for free where you can order online and pick up at the store, and the prices may vary. And, of course, don't rule out second-hand stores for clothing needs.

ATTENTION COUPON USERS: I thought I would pass along this article about an "extreme" couponer who was recently arrested for stealing coupons from newspapers.  Apparently she was purchasing one paper, but taking the coupon inserts out of the others in the newsstand.  I found it interesting considering that for the last few weeks someone in my area has been ransacking all the coupon inserts out of the free mid-week papers.  I stopped by three newsstands just trying to get one paper with coupons!  So, please be respectful of others and not hoard all the coupons!

All You Magazine July Coupon ListFrugally Thrifty has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart's All You Magazine for August.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals - Iheartthemart.comhas put up the best deals from Walmart this week. You can find those here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO - Buy one, get one free
SS - Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
RP - Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday-s papers)
PG - Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
GM - General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
Blinkie - coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie - coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag - coupons found hanging on bottles
All You - Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.  You may also want to check out The Thrifty Mama's post on Whole Foods deals here.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix "Super Deals" for 8/4-8/10 please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 8/4-8/10 please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita's Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

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