Back-to-School Shopping? Do the Math!

how to save money on back to school shopping

This year you can overspend on back-to-school shopping, or you can save money on back-to-school shopping with this one simple trick!

Save Money on Back to School Shopping

Back-to-School Shopping Scenario #1: Your daughter needs school uniforms from Lands End, so you hastily go to their website and spend $110 on 3 shirts and 2 skirts plus $10 for shipping.

Let's rewind that scenario, and try again!

Back-to-School Shopping Scenario #1, Take 2: Your daughter needs school uniforms from Lands End, so you start your shopping on, and discover a coupon code for 25% off your entire order plus free shipping! Even better, you'll earn 6% cash back from Ebates!

Do the math:

  • 25% off coupon code $27.50
  • free shipping + $10.00
  • cash back + $4.95


  • TOTAL SAVED $42.45

Back-to-School Shopping Scenario #2: You braved the crowds on tax-free weekend to buy a new pair of shoes for your son at JC Penny. After driving to the mall and waiting for a parking space, you discover that JC Penny is sold out of his size. You head home with a disappointed son.

Back-to-School Shopping Scenario #2, Take 2: You skipped the crowds and the parking hassles by shopping online. You started your online shopping at Ebates and found a coupon code for 15% off at JC Penny. There's even an added bonus! You'll earn 6% cash back from Ebates! The perfect $40 pair of shoes that your son wanted are looking even better!

Do the Math

  • 15% off coupon code $6.00
  • 6% cash back + $2.04


  • TOTAL SAVED $8.04

Back-to-School Shopping Scenario #3: After an entire stressful day of shopping, your teenage daughter still hasn't found the perfect backpack.

Back-to-School Shopping Scenario #3, Take 2 Your teenage daughter just discovered and their huge selection of backpacks! They have exactly what she wants, it's on sale for $30, and you'll earn 12% cash back from Ebates.

  • 12% cash back $3.60


  • TOTAL SAVED $3.60

The moral of this math lesson?

Start all your online shopping trips at, and you'll discover money saving coupons codes plus earn cash back on your purchases! It's basic math, it's no-brainer instant savings and it's an easy way to save money on back-to-school shopping. Sign-up for Ebates, today (it's free) and receive a $10 gift card when you make your first purchase.

Happy Back-to-School Shopping and Saving!

Note: coupon codes and cash back amounts change daily.


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Diane W.
10 years ago

I appreciate your financial suggestions, they are easy to understand I implement. I shop with Ebates and have received over $123 this year in “Big Fat Checks”. It feels so good to know that I am receiving money back on a purchase I would already be making. I just received a check this week for $14.82 which is so fun!

Katie B.
10 years ago

I’ve been a member of ebates for years – always check there whenever I shop online… just got a 10% rebate (about $18) on a hotel room when we were in Cincinnati two weeks ago.

10 years ago

i’m a long time ebates member. . .I mostly make small purchases, like at macy’s and bath and body works, but they add up! I would say I’ve saved about $100 over the past couple of years.

Michelle M
10 years ago

I took advantage of tax free shopping and using ebates to do some school shopping – I shopped at Van’s and got free shipping and earned a 15$ecertificate for next purchase and I shopped at Kohl’s earning 20% off purchase plus 10$ kohls cash and I will earn cash back from ebates as well!

Annie Hautala
10 years ago

I love ebates! I’m always hunting for a better deal. Thanks for the recommendation!

Sandra Mazzarella
10 years ago

I LOVE! My most recent savings was booking a hotel on through ebates. Ebates showed me a coupon code to save money on a booking, already has discounted rooms AND I got 3.5% cash back. Total savings: over $120 for a four night stay!

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