Back to school shopping with #SpendtoSave

Having three children heading back to class I need to watch every penny! I watch ads use coupons and always check for discounts codes when shopping online. My children need everything from shoes to backpacks to books and markers. Each has a different list and they are all long. Sandra Hanna, co-founder of the Smart Cookie, shares her tips for savvy back-to-school spending below.


Hold Off On Trendier Gear

Thirty-four per cent of Canadian parents feel the pressure to purchase trendy items to help their child fit in at school. The problem is, trends come and go – and often very quickly!  Kids may love a certain lunch box or pencil case they find in August, but once school starts and they see that their friends are all using another kind they’ll beg you to upgrade.  Hold off on the more trendy purchases until school starts rather than spending double… it will pay to wait!

Cheapest Isn’t Always Best

When it comes to items your kids will use all year round, like backpacks, it pays to invest in quality. Think about price for longevity and factor that into your cost comparison. However, don’t forget that you can still find a great deal on a high quality backpack for about $40, especially if you stack your savings. Doing a quick search on sites like will help you find promo codes for some of your favourite retailers and brands, saving you a few dollars on that backpack.

Go For Reusable Lunch Supplies

Don’t waste money on plastic utensils and paper napkins that get thrown out after only one use. If you throw away bags and bottles, you’re basically throwing your money in the garbage. Instead, use cloth napkins, real flatware and reusable containers for food and snacks. It pays to invest in products like LunchSkins which are BPA- and phthalate-free reusable snack and sandwich bags that can go in the dishwasher. It’s a small investment, but they last forever.

Deals Aren’t Just For the Kids

Despite 43 per cent Canadians feeling back-to-school can be a financial burden, the shopping season can also bring a ton of sales! While you’re stocking your kids up for the school year, don’t forget to take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on computers and other office equipment. If you’re in the market, now is the time to save on that new laptop you’ve been eyeing from top retailers like Best Buy.

Share Your Shopping

Forty-four per cent of Canadian parents agree back-to-school shopping is stressful, so why not share the stress and costs? You can save money by buying school supplies in bulk especially if you split the cost with another parent. Compare shopping lists with friends and neighbours to see what you both need. By buying in bulk at stores like Costco and splitting the cost, you can save money for the more expensive items. is a digital offers site that compiles the best in-store and online deals for some of your favourite retailers. Relatively new to Canada, aims to help every Canadian develop savvy spending habits on everything from clothes to more practical purchases like savings on school supplies!

Back-to-school often means back-to-spending, and it’s usually not on yourself!  For this back-to-school season wants to encourage you to spend more to save more.I was able to find savings on most of the items my children needed. TOMS shoes had a $10 off discount code.


My son needed all of his athletic clothes replaced as he is still growing! So I was happy to find a code for free shipping.


Back to school season in our home means new clothes for all. Sears has a great guarantee on their clothing for young children. If they grow out of them in the school year they will replace them. They also have a lifetime wear out guarantee.  So shopping there make sense. Adding in a copupon coe and we have a bonus!


If you still have back to school shopping to do, you will want to check out and start saving now.  The more you spend, the more you save!

giveaway time wants to help you save this BTS Season with a $100 prepaid Visa card. Fill out the form below for your chance to win. Good luck!

Disclosure- This post was brought to you by All opinions are my own



  1. Stephanie LaPlante says

    Probably Old Navy or Swiss Chalet

  2. Amazon!

  3. Indigo!

  4. I love Under Armour! Great to know we can get discount codes for them, I had no idea! Will be using the winnings on Under Armour for sure!

  5. Possibly at Kobo

  6. I may spend it at Old Navy.

  7. probably old navy,

  8. American Eagle!

  9. I'll be spending mine at Home Outfitters

  10. Old Navy

  11. Nicole Jubleew says

    I would spend it at Amazon.

  12. Maybe under armour or toms.

  13. butterflyamyc says

    I will be going to Michaels. I always need craft supplies.

  14. I would spend it on groceries!

  15. I'd spend it at Footlocker on their $10 of 50 purchase for a pair of new shoes.

  16. I would be spending it at

  17. I'll spend the visa at Costco!

  18. Sephora!

  19. Tracy Morin says

    My daughter is an Under Armor fanatic…she would be treated!!

  20. nicolthepickle says

    Old Navy and or Sears. They have nice kids things.

  21. Footlocker

  22. Carol Denny says

    I like Old Navy.

  23. I would have to say – gotta stock up on baby supplies!

  24. Old Navy!

  25. I would spend it at American Eagle. Thanks!

  26. I would spend the visa at Canadian Tire.

  27. Probably Old Navy

  28. Old Navy. they have awesome deals going on right now

  29. It would probably be Old Navy!

  30. Old Navy!

  31. I would spend it on Old Navy!

  32. theresa black says

    I would spend it at Home Outfitters. Thanks for the chance.

  33. Sears and amazon.

  34. I would spend it at old navy

  35. I would probably use it on Canon so I could stock up on ink

  36. Dayna Wilson says

    I'd probably get me some new fall makeup at

  37. Staples

  38. Indigo and Home Outfitters.

  39. Indigo!

  40. Swiss Chalet. thanks

  41. stacey dempsey says

    Probably staples as there are always school items we need

  42. Patrick Siu says

    I'll spend it at staples.

  43. Staples need to get some stuff for my computer.

  44. I'd spend it at Old Navy on school clothes!

  45. Walmart is my favorite.

  46. Jennifer P. says

    I would spend it at either Old Navy or H&M.

  47. I'll be shopping at if I win

  48. OLD NAVY

  49. Brenda Penton says

    I'd spend it on Amazon.

  50. I will spend it at best buy

  51. Darlene Demell says

    I would be spending it at Staples.

  52. I'd probably pick my fiance up something from Under Armour; he loves Under Armour! 🙂

  53. wendy Hutton says

    old navy Labour Day Sale – Up To 60% Off Everything

  54. The Body Shop would be on my list

  55. Tricia Cooper says

    I think I would treat myself to something at Old Navy!

  56. I would spend it at Canadian Tire 🙂

  57. best buy! 🙂

  58. Doris Calvert says

    Costco or Best Buy

  59. I would spend it at Amazon!

  60. prairiebelle says

    I would use it at staples for office and back to school supplies

  61. Old Navy!

  62. I will be spending it at Old Navy as they have the pants – the ONLY pants – my son wears.


  63. Bed bath and beyond

  64. julielaura1 says

    Most probably Best Buy

  65. Old Navy

  66. I will spend it on Old Navy.

  67. Erika Letson says

    I would spend it at Sears if I won and get some back to school clothes for the kids! Thanks for the chance!


  69. I would use it at Old Navy

  70. Old Navy for me!

  71. Susan Patterson says

    Canadian Tire

  72. Deanna Barkley says

    I would probably spend it at Under Armour.

  73. Karin Dollery says

    Would be spending it at Sears

  74. I will most likely be spending it at Old Navy

  75. joanne darrell says

    Old Navy is in walking distance to me,so I would go there.

  76. I would be spending it at

  77. Reebok and Old Navy

  78. I would spend it at Indigo.

  79. Staples for sure!

  80. Old Navy & Home Outfitters

  81. American Eagle

  82. I would probably spend it at Costco or Staples.

  83. Either Old Navy or American Eagle is where I would spend the money when I win.



  85. walmart

  86. or Old Navy!

  87. If I win, i would spend it on, a partner. has a lot of healthy items at affordable prices and always has sales going on. Good luck all.

  88. Susanne McCarthy says

    Old Navy I can usually get the best value for the $$ there

  89. It's a toss up between Old Navy and Indigo…do they partner with Carters too? So many great shopping options!

  90. Old Navy or michaels. Thanks

  91. Lisa Neutel says

    most likley American Eagle

  92. Old Navy

  93. Andrea Williams says

    Probably at Old Navy, I spend way too much time shopping online at their site. 🙂

  94. seham merzib says


  95. Amazon

  96. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    For me it'd probably be Carter's/Oshkosh for my grandchildren 🙂

  97. Either Home Outfitters or Swiss Chalet.

  98. Dell Up to 50% off select electronics & accessories + Free shipping

  99. I would love to use it at Amazon!

  100. That's a hard one. Probably the Shopping Channel!
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  101. cottagebunny says

    We would love to go to Mark's Work Warehouse or

  102. Michelle Policelli says

    Amazon 🙂

  103. I would choose Old Navy or Children's Place.

  104. I will spend at Amazon They have such great stuff.

  105. Staples for Back to School Supplies!

  106. I will spend it at Amazon for sure!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  107. Maybe… Honestly, they've got a a lot of great partners so it's difficult to choose!

  108. Lisa McLain says

    Old Navy

  109. the bay

  110. Indigo or Old Navy

  111. Stephen Saunders says

    maybe home outfitters would be nice, or any of the other good stores available.

  112. Juliee Fitze says

    I would use it at Micheal's.

  113. Chapters!

  114. Tricia Hope says

    I would choose Old navy or Amazon.Thanks for the chance!

  115. american eagle!

  116. I would spend it at Indigo

  117. I would use it at Under Armour!.

  118. I'm not sure–either Michael's or Old Navy.

  119. Amazon all the way

  120. Brittney Fyfe says

    Old navy

  121. Swiss chalet! I don’t want to cook!

  122. PROBABLY USE IT WITH ONE OF YOUR 50% Off 1 Regular Priced Item

  123. danielle nantau says

    Walmart for sure!

  124. Aimee Robison says

    Old Navy or Indigo. Can never have enough clothes or books, lol.

  125. I'd spend it at Home Outfitters.

  126. I would be spending it at best buy .

  127. newfiechick72 says

    I would spend it at Old Navy.

  128. I always check for deals before I buy something! old navy, chapters, toys R us…

  129. I'll be shopping at Home Outfitters or SourPuss!

  130. I would probably spend it at Staples or Sears.

  131. Amazon!!!

  132. MOHAMMAD ANJUM says


  133. Staples or

  134. Hudson's Bay

  135. Michaels of course! One can not have enough crafting supplies!

  136. Amanda Neilson says

    Either Old Navy or The Children's Place

  137. shellie clark says

    American Eagle!

  138. Seth Thompson says for me.

  139. I would be spending the gift card at Sears.

  140. If I win I will probably spend it at Walmart because they have a wide variety of things.

  141. Tamara Mullen says

    I'm going to spend the Visa at staples

  142. If I win I will spend the visa at Sears

  143. Old Navy or Bath & Body Works

  144. Sean Cuthill says

    I'll use the gift card at . Christmas is fast approaching.

  145. I'll be spending the visa gift card at Best Buy because I need a new printer.

  146. Valerie Mallette says

    At Old Navy.

  147. Elaine Buonsante says

    I would probably spend it at

  148. Sears!

  149. Home Outfitters

  150. Angela Massis says

    I would spend mine at Home Outfitters and get my daughter all ready for University

  151. Home Depot

  152. Terri Baker says

    The Source!

  153. Michaels to help out with my wedding stress

  154. I love Amazon

  155. Solly Shwaba says

    I would spend it at best buy store.

  156. If I won, I'd spend the card at

  157. I'll be spending it at

  158. Bethany Gallinger says

    I would probably use it at Staples.

  159. kristine ewald says

    I Would love to on old navy or lululemon 🙂

  160. I think I might spend it at Old Navy-new clothes for the kids.

  161. i would spend it at
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  162. Holy batman. Amazon of course. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true and means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the Visa gc to shop and eat. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

  163. Jennie Yuen says

    I'll probably using it for Home Outfitters

  164. I think I'd buy myself some new Toms!

  165. I would likely spend mine at Sears!

  166. Old Navy so I can buy my mom some clothes.

  167. Probably at old navy or carters osh kosh.

  168. 25% Off Old Navy Merchandise

  169. I would for sure spend it at Chapters!

  170. Definitely Amazon!

  171. Elizabeth R says

    Staples, I need new printer cartridges!

  172. I will be spending it at Old Navy!

  173. So there are way to many good ones to choose from BUT I think it would be a toss up. I could spend it easily on pants for my growing tween at Old Navy. OR I could save it and use it at Porter for the next conference I am attending next month. Either way it would be useful. Plus I love that you can use it at Best Buy too.

  174. I will be using this Visa at Carter's OshKosh, new clothes for my grandchildren.

  175. LILLIAN BROWN says

    I'll be spending mine at Home Outfitters but many great places to use it

  176. Ruth Moreira-Lozon says


  177. FREDERIC BROWN says

    spending mine at Home Outfitters

  178. The children's place, most likely.

  179. I would probably use it at Halloween is coming!!! 😀

  180. Melissa Greco says

    I'd spend mine at pizza pizza


  182. Tammy Dalley says

    Old Navy 🙂

  183. Indigo!

  184. it has everything 🙂

  185. Probably be spending it at Old Navy.

  186. Old Navy

  187. old navy

  188. Robyn Bellefleur says

    Definitely Old Navy.

  189. Walmart

  190. Julie Bolduc says

    I would spend it at old Navy

  191. Either sears or the bay

  192. Elva Roberts says

    I will probably use it at Old Navy.

  193. If I win the visa gift card, I would be spending it online at sears, which is a partner of They have a sale going on now of 50% off winter sale of clothing which is a great deal.

  194. I would probably use it at

  195. PIzza, Pizza would be handy!

  196. Kelley Moore says

    Old Navy

  197. I'd be spending my card at marks if I won. They have a great coupon code up right now!

  198. Wanda Tracey says

    I would spend the Visa gift card at Mark's Work Warehouse.I love that store and was glad to see it was on the list. 🙂

  199. Rosanne Robinson says

    I'd be spending mine at Pizza Pizza & Old Navy

  200. Amazon

  201. Jessica M Walker says

    I would spend it on Amazon

  202. Amazon or Sears.

  203. Popeyes

  204. Either Old Navy or Sephora 🙂

  205. Michaels

  206. I would be spending it at Sears or Old navy.

  207. The Bay!

  208. Amazon

  209. Indigo!

  210. SSENSE or Amazon

  211. I would be spending at to get $60 Off Ugg Boots + Free Shipping

  212. Home Outfitters!

  213. I'd have to say Old Navy,…..

  214. Mark Work Wearhouse for new work shoes

  215. Old Navy

  216. Crystal wheeler says

    Would choose

  217. I would love to spend $100 at Staples! I don't go there unless I have money because I want to buy everything!!!

  218. oh my so hard to choose!! probably home outfitters

  219. Shoppers Drug Mart for some essentials.

  220. billiondollarprincesss says

    Old navy

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