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Frugal Friday: Back-to-School Deals on Clothing

iStock_000019103884SmallMost parents are up to their ears in back-to-school shopping right now — and that extends beyond the pens, pencils, and Trapper Keepers (I may sound like I’m dating myself here, but a Google search tells me that these are still out there…whether students are using them is another story).

But kids want — and need, if they’ve hit a growth spurt — more than just the standard school supplies this time of year. Fall clothing is a huge part of back-to-school shopping. Americans spent $8.5 billion at “family clothing stores” in August 2012. And although this year the National Retail Federation expects sales to be down slightly, the organization also predicts that the biggest chunk of shopper’s budgets will go toward new apparel and accessories: 95.3 percent of those with school-age children will spend an average of $230.85 on clothing, along with an additional $114.39 on shoes.

So where should you put that money? Where the sales are, of course:

Old Navy. The back-to-school favorite is bringing back its Super Cash promotion through September 4: Spend $25 and earn $10 Super Cash. Spend $50 and earn $20, and $75 or more will earn you $30 (which is the maximum earn per transaction). This isn’t an immediate savings, but you can return to the store between September 12 and 18 to redeem your Super Cash on an eligible purchase. Keep in mind, here: They’re putting you on the hook to come back and buy more. So your best course of action is to split your shopping list up — if you need $50 worth of stuff, buy $25 on your first visit and $25 on your second, saving $10 on a total of $50 in merchandise.

Kohls. Get 15% off everything with the promotion code LEMONADE online. In stores, you can print a coupon that will earn you the same discount. The deal is good through August 18.

jcpenney. The retailer has partnered with RetailMeNot to offer a coupon code, RMN20, good for 15% off purchases of up to $100 and 20% off purchases of $100 or more. You’ll also get free shipping. The code is good through August 31.

Peebles. These are some good deals: The store is offering several coupons (and corresponding online coupon codes): 25% off purchases through August 20; 40% off a single apparel item on August 21; 25% off up to two apparel items August 21 – 27; and 20% off purchases August 28 – September 2.

Famous Footwear. The shoe store is offering a buy one, get one half off sale, plus an extra 15% off with online code SCHOOL54. To shop in stores, you can print a coupon from the website.

Nautica. It may not be what you traditionally think of when back-to-school shopping, but here’s a reason to put the store on your list: 25% off full-priced styles, plus free shipping on $50 or more. Plus, get an additional 50% off sale items. For both deals, use the code FALL13 at checkout.

Amazon Fashion. Spend $75 on clothing and get 20% off with the promo code 2075APPL, now through August 28. The discount is eligible for items sold and shipped by Amazon.

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