Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lessons From an Extreme Couponer

Since I have the week off for spring break, I decided to visit my family for a few days.  While visiting my family is always rewarding, it has become even more so in recent years as my sister is married to an extreme couponer and every visit is met with goodies.  Like the contestants on TLC's show, my brother-in-law  (BIL) spends part of each day clipping coupons and surfing bargain websites.  He even keeps track of everything on categorized Excel spreadsheets.  Unlike many of the show's competitors, BIL has expanded his bargain hunting horizons to school supplies.

I work at a high-poverty school where things are often in short supply, so BIL's findings are always welcome.  Summer is usually the best season to secure bargains and he always sends me off to start the school year with hundreds of dollars worth of supplies that he gets for free after reward dollars and rebates.  Although BIL shops at all office supply stores offering a bargain, he favors Staples.  He recently found out that Staples allows people to link their reward dollars to another account.  He has linked his account to my Teachers Rewards Card, which allows me to buy supplies that I need throughout the year at my local store.  BIL claims that people often earn reward dollars and then forget about them, so consider asking your friends, loved ones, or school PTA to do the same for you or another teacher in need.  Click on the link for more information: http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/back-to-school/resources-for-teachers/reward-a-classroom.html

These supplies will come in handy as I
wrap up the school year
You can never have enough cleaning supplies (or toiletries)

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