Stores are going all out to pull you in the door for back-to-school shopping.
Do some research before you head out shopping to see which retailers are offering deals. RetailMeNot updates its site with back-to-school deals several times a day at retailmenot.com/backtoschool and has a free iPhone app.
To get you started, here is a selection of some of the better back-to-school discounts big retailers are offering:
Kmart is taking off 5 percent of purchases that are put on layaway. But keep in mind that Kmart’s layaway plan costs $5.
The free haircuts at J.C. Penney are for kids during August and only at stores that have a salon. You need to book in advance.
If you’re looking for school uniforms, Gap is offering 30 percent off until Aug. 29. Kmart is taking off 20 percent until Sunday.
Bring in an old binder to Staples, and the office supply store with give you $2 off a new one. Staples is also selling a discount card for $10 that will give you 15 percent off school supplies until Sept. 15. It’s only worth it if you expect to spend more than $70. But check the restrictions first: You can’t use it on pricier items like calculators and flash drives.
And every week until Labor Day, Office Depot is selling a select number of products for pocket change. You can find scissors for 8 cents and pocket folders for a penny.
When students buy a select Windows desktop or laptop computer from Dell, Hewlett Packard or Samsung, they can get a free Xbox 360 video game system.
Students who buy an Apple Mac before Sept. 21 will get a $100 iTunes gift card to buy music, apps or books. Buy an iPad and you’ll get a $50 gift card.