5 FREE Back to School Apps You Need

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by on August 14, 2015

Disclosure:This post is sponsored by Flipp, however all opinions are my own.

If your kids haven’t started back to school yet, it probably isn’t too far off. In between figuring out the new school schedules, planning after school activities and making sure everyone has all their books, supplies, lunch, etc – I’m still trying to find deals. All this added planning can be stressful, but that is why I’m glad I have these 5 Free Back to School Apps to keep us all organized and sane!

Flipp iphone6s

My favorite new app is Flipp, which is a free app that allows you to see your favorite weekly ads right on your phone (or tablet). You’ll find ads from Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Big Lots and more. There are over 400 retailers available. The app is very easy to use to view the ads and it allows you to create a shopping list with just a simple tap of the item in the ad. It is perfect to scan through ads as you are waiting in the pick up line at school (or any other time consuming school activity!). This is perfect for those busy back to school days.

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5 Free Back to School Apps You Need

Save money and time every week, all year long with Flipp. Users have seamless access to hundreds of weekly circulars from all of their favorite retailers and can search by item (backpacks, juice boxes, socks), savings amount or store, and clip everything they need into an in-app shopping list to be sure they get the best prices on everything they need.

LaLa Lunchbox
Kids can help plan their favorite meals to bring for lunch. Users learn about healthy food choices as they browse through the customizable food library, and get to turn their “picks” into a readymade list for mom and dad.

Cozi Family Organizer
Families can manage their daily schedules with this handy app. tWith Cozi Family Organizer, users can keep track of everyone’s calendars while also being able to set reminders and edit appointments, on one shared account.

Here Comes the Bus
View the real-time location of the school bus! Users know whether the bus is on schedule so they can get their child to the bus stop right on time. With Here Comes the Bus, kids avoid missing their bus or waiting in freezing temperatures and pouring rain.

The Homework App
Help keep track of homework assignments with this handy helper. Users can view their upcoming tasks, get help with homework, and set reminders so that no assignments get forgotten.

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  • Roz

    My tip would be that after school starts stores start clearing out their Back to school goods–Target goes up to 70% off–stock up on basics, kids needs supplies all year but there aren’t sales. We are still using 1 subject notebooks that were in 5 packs that I got on clearance at Target for less than 50 cents a few years ago!

  • Maralea

    My tip is to shop the sales all summer long.

  • Candice

    My advice is to shop early so you can get all the sales.

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    I like shopping early and stocking up. I think ti is important to have a variety of items ready for whatever needs may arise.

  • JackieV

    My tip is to watch sale flyers and buy supplies all summer long when you see them on sale.

  • JulsB20

    my best tip is to look ahead for the next school year and stock up when there are deals

  • Julie Wood

    My tip is to buy a lot of extra school supplies from the previous year that is marked down and have it for the following year, and to price match at stores that let you get the cheapest deal available for back to school!

  • Natalie

    My tip is to pair sales with coupons and to stock up on low priced items.

  • Brenda Faulkner

    I start their routine early, before school starts.

  • Rust

    Start early! That always works best for me.

  • shellypeterson

    I start shopping almost at the beginning of summer to find good deals and that way I am not buying everything all at once and at the last minute.

  • jalapenomama

    My best shopping tip for back to school – We shop at a really good consignment shop for the clothes.
    form name Barbara Montag
    thank you

  • Bridget Heiple Reich

    Check the sales and compare – that is my best back to school shopping trip. And, to try to get it done early so there is still a big selection!

  • steve weber

    We do earlier bedtimes and more prep the night before.

  • Thomas Murphy

    shop online to avoid the crowds.

  • Rosie

    shop the thrift shops they have really nice things in our area, and often sales, etc.

  • Betsy Barnes

    My best back after school shopping tip is to shop the sales year round for those common things you know you will be needing.

  • Andrea

    I always have a list and compare all the store flyers to find the best deal. Also, I will stock up on good sales to have enough for the whole year.

  • Will Griesmer

    Buy things online.

  • AmandaSakovitz

    We shop at discounted clothing stores.

  • mami2jcn

    Take advantage of tax free weekends.

  • Laurajj Jacobson

    My tip is to pick something up when you go grocery shopping! I always throw in pens or pencils..notebooks…something to help so it doesnt all hit at once.

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    My Tip Is To Research To Find The Best Deals And Make A List.

  • Courtnie

    Look through and compare ads at different places to find the best deal.

  • Kim Henrichs

    We do most of our shopping online and go through sites like eBates. The savings really adds up!

  • megan tilley

    We price match and we search different ads!

  • Elena

    My tip is to use coupons when shopping

  • Dawn Monroe

    This year I took advantage of online deals, coupons and free shipping. I also went shopping during the no tax weekend.

  • Wild Orchid

    My tip is to stock up year round when prices are at rock bottom.

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  • Bridgett Wilbur

    My best tip is to watch for sales adds and use coupons.

  • Jessica To

    My tip is to ask another parent who’s child was in the grade your child is going into what they actually used before you buy everything.

  • My tip is to look online for coupons before you go shopping in the stores.

  • I always do some research online before going to stores. I’ve found tons of discounts and coupons in the past and I’ve gotten a headstart on which stores to go for the best sales.

  • Tina W

    Buy extra paper, pens, etc and stash them away. If you have any left at the end of the year, donate to a shelter or teacher.

  • tracylr

    Don’t rush to overbuy things that you don’t need tons of (notebooks, pencils. etc….) they will go on sale once school is about to start.

  • Vanessa Valdez

    Start buying in June!

  • Lauren

    My tip is to study the sale ads.

  • Tara

    Start shopping early!

  • melanied

    Plan ahead and go in with a list.
    Melanie Montgomery

  • natalie f

    I don’t go overboard buying lots of clothes at once. They each get a few things…and then I pick up items through out the year to spread out the cost and keep up with their growing. – natalie

  • stephanie

    go to bed early

  • Michelle

    prepare ahead.

  • Birdiebee

    Shop the sales early or the supplies will be gone.

  • shelly

    Watch for sales fliers for places like Walgreens. Surprisingly they have good deals on school items!

  • melissa t

    My tip is to shop early. There aren’t really good sales at the last minute.

  • Karla R.

    I tip is not to procrastinate back to school shopping!

  • Jeanna johnson

    My tip is to have you list ready & shop early before everything is gone otherwise you will have to go to multiple stores!

  • Elle

    Look at circulars.. you don’t need to buy everything at one store. Go where the sales are.

  • Tabathia

    I try to shop when they start having great back to school ads and deals and try to get big purchases on no tax weekend and combine coupons and additional savings when I can.

  • twenteries

    Stock up on back to school items as soon as they go on sale for the year – you’ll be ready for the next year!

  • Angelica

    Shop early & stock up on supplies you may need during the school year

  • Madonna

    shop a variety of stores to get the best sale prices and buy more than you need. You will always run out and no one wants to pay full price.

  • Jenna D

    get the sunday paper and look through the ads for the best deals!

  • lee mckoen

    I shop and frys and use my frys card and get sales and also gas points

  • gdesignr

    Love getting the ads on my phone. I used to have to buy the whole Sunday paper just to recycle most if it unseen

  • Haydensmommy05

    My best tip is to start shopping when all the supplies go on clearance buy for the next year, Trisha Burgess

  • Patrick Siu

    check out coupons site for best deals

  • patriciacrowley

    I buy as much on clearance as I can for the next year….

  • My tip is to set a budget and stick to it. Also, reuse things from the year before. If you already have a pencil box, don’t buy another one just because it’s a new school year. My son carried the same backpack for 3 years before his broke and he’s carrying the same lunchbox from last year.

  • Diane Estrella

    Have lots of pencils and erasers ready!

  • Janice Cooper

    My tip is to make list and stick to it along with using cash that way you won’t overspend.

  • Ty Beth

    Shop only from your list and buy stuff right when back to school sales are just coming out. Those tend to be the lowest prices of the season. Also stock up on pens and pencils, more than what is suggested because you can always use them later in the school year too.

  • Kristen

    Buy basics that will last through the seasons (as they can be layered in the cold months)

  • Rebecca Kellerman

    My best back to school shopping tip is to keep an eye on the sales and look for coupons.

  • Stacey B

    My best tip is to check the sale ads and buy stuff as it goes on sale. I do this for clothing as well as school supplies.

  • shandie

    Buy school stuffs when the mall is having their sale or use discount coupons (if you have) to save some

  • latanya t

    I try to combine sales and coupons to save more money

  • Birdie Skolfield

    I leave the little kids at home and me and teens go thrift store shoppin for deals

  • Birdiebee

    I am already a member of fuel rewards as Terry Stevens.

  • Amanda Whitley

    my back to school tip is to get everything off season so it is cheaper.

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