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How to save a penny or two for back to school

August 7, 2016

It’s that time again! Back to school…it’s a bill that comes around once a year that you spend a couple of hundreds on (I have two kids $360 to be exact). I need to save every penny that I get and JCPenney has the right prices and styles to save you time and money. I have been a fan of JCPenney ever since my mother took me in there at the age of 8….she was buying one of her favorite lines Worthington. Every few pieces in my mothers closet was from JCPenney so I know their brand and quality is unlike anything else. Since my kids are in uniform I have to be able to save as much as possible for clothes. Although uniforms are cheaper in the long run ….in the short run it can be quite expensive. I normally buy 3 pants for my son along with 4 shirts and for my daughter I buy 2 pants and one skirt and 4 shirts. That normally lasts for the first half of the year until they grow…..by Christmas I am getting more clothes and spending more money.



My kids do however get a dressed down day once a month and for those days I want her to look excellent. It’s the days she looks forward too the most because she gets to bring out her style. We went to JCPenney on last week to pick out some fall clothes for my son and daughter. My son was at boxing so I got to pick out his clothes which never happen anymore. My daughter was with me and she told me she knew what her brother looked good in……*side eye* So to shopping we went…


We first headed over to the uniform section I buy a size up for my kids so that they don’t grow out of it so fast. I have bought for my kids before from JCPenney and their uniforms hold up pretty good. You know how you buy from some places and there is a hole in the pants after the first two months ..not with JCPenney. Their pants lasted and there was no hole.


My daughter then went over to the regular clothes section  and went fool…

While she is over there let’s talk about how you can save a few pennies for back to school

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  • Buy in bulk to send your child back to school with snacks. If you have two kids buying in bulk will save you time and money for their lunches
  • Catch the sales. JCPenney always has sales….always
  • Buy off season. So since fall is coming buy summer stuff now and buy one or two sizes bigger. This will help you save tons of money because they have to put it on sale and it’s a great sale
  • Buy school supplies that they need first then buy for the classroom. I know that we struggle but you can’t do it all buy only what you can afford and the dollar store has great stuff




After I was done with the kids….I went and did a little shopping for mama…yes I want to look good. I know I am not in school but whatever!


Saving money for back to school is a must and I am so glad stores like JCPenney is around so that we can save a penny or two whenever we need too! How do you save for back to school?

How to save a penny or two for back to school

How to save a penny or two for back to school

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    August 8, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I haven’t been inside a JCPenny store since my childhood – and I’m so impressed. These styles look great and affordable.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    August 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I love that JCPenney always has sales! Saving a penny especially during back to school season is a must! And I love all your tips when shopping for back to school items too!

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    August 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    We used to shop at J C Penney for back to school for my kids too. They do have some good sales.

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    Migdalia - @MsLatina
    August 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    School expenses can add up quick, especially when you have more then one child, and you have to contribute to classroom supplies, so I appreciate these tips Kita. Thanks!

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    Catherine Sargent
    August 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    This is one of my favorite stores. They always have a great selection of shoes and clothes for a great price.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    August 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Those are all great looks. And those savings are pretty great, too!

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    Rachel Ferrucci
    August 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Great tips! I never thought to go to JC Penny for uniform pants. We always have a hard time finding them, I’ll have to check them out

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    August 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    We love shopping at jcpenny for back to school time! They always have great deals on kids clothes. (And maybe a few things for me as well lol!)

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    Colleen Lanin
    August 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I love JC Penney! They always have such great deals and sales ~ great place for back to school shopping.

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    Liz Mays
    August 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This is great advice! I’m loving the cute clothes they have at JC Penny. It’s nice that they’re making it easy to save!

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    August 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    We don’t have JCPenney in Canada but a few years back I went to the US with my Mother in Law and went in – it was fabulous. I have no doubt back to school shopping would be fabulous there! I hear nothing but great things!

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    Marcie W.
    August 8, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I love all of the fun styles JCPenney has going on! We are in uniforms around here, which makes the shopping process so much easier.

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    Lisa Favre
    August 9, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Back to school always seems to be steep on the wallets. Nice to know that there are ways to stay within budget and to even save some money!

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    August 9, 2016 at 12:18 am

    JCPenney has some cute stuff! They have great sales, too.

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    August 9, 2016 at 1:25 am

    We love JCPenney! They always have the cutest clothes and the best deals!

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    August 9, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Great tips! Back to school shopping can get so expensive!

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    August 9, 2016 at 1:53 am

    These are some awesome prices. Also, can Carlton please be my bus driver?!

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    Lisa Joy Thompson
    August 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I was just at JCP yesterday to get a back-to-school outfit for my son! They really have great prices and he loves the fun clothes!

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    Amanda Love
    August 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    It’s awesome to be able to take advantage of these sales! I think it’s great to be able to save a few bucks from the clothes so you have more to spend when shopping for school supplies!

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    Robin Rue
    August 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I also shop off season when the stores are trying to push out the other season’s clothing. It saves so much money!

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    Mellissa Williams
    August 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Back to school time can be tough especially with those kids in uniforms. Your daughter looks like she has great taste 😉

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    August 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    We are HUGE fans of JC Penneys. We JUST went to the mall to shop, and ended up buying 90% of our clothes at Penneys for back to school.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    August 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    JCPenny has a great selection of clothes for the whole family. These look like some great sales.

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    August 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    My mom used to take me to JcPenney when I was a girl. I remember the escalator and the Christmas catalog (that I daydreamed in a lot over the toy section). 🙂

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    August 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I so wish we had JCPenny here in Canada. I do make a point to stop in whenever I am in the States though as they always have awesome sales.

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    Nicole Escat
    August 10, 2016 at 2:44 am

    You are so lucky to have a JC Penny nearby your place. I wish we can experienced the same in our country.

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    Nikki Wayne
    August 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Great deal! I like Jc Penny even though we don’t have it here.

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    Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    August 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I love the pricings and clothing selections. That pink one with the necklace must fit me!

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    August 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I’m definitely loving some of those selections. JCP is awesome for great deals especially on separates. We love the Arizona line.

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