Save Big on Back to School with Tips From Shopping Maven Michelle Madhok

Hey RichMamas – I know some of you have already sent the kidlets back to school (it was the first day for some in Ohio) -while others have a week – gasp  – or more…but whenever the little darlings go back, I am sure you have been caught up in the back to school frenxy.  And since you’re  a RichMama you’re looking for a better (read – thriftier) way to do it.

back to school savingsSo to help you  save hours, dollars and the headaches of visiting multiple stores and waiting in long lines, I thought you might be interested in these top tips for saving time and money from online shopping expert Michelle Madhok. Previously featured on The TODAY Show, Martha Stewart, MSNBC, Rachael Ray and Fox & Friends, Michelle is a well-known expert who can help parents get through this year’s back-to-school shopping with flying colors!


  1. 1. Shop online. Only. Avoid the back-to-school mayhem entirely. Carve out time with each child to cybershop, saving contents of shopping carts until all the kids are done!
  2. 2. Sign-up for Price Alerts – Sites exist where you can sign-up to be notified when an item is marked down
  3. Earn cash back on purchases – Take advantage of websites like shopping websites that allow you to earn up to 20% cash back on online purchases
  4. Don’t pay for shipping – Join a service like ShopRunner that will give you fast, FREE shipping!
  5. Shop from the bottom up – Hit view all and then shop from the bottom up of the sale page. Everyone else will be shopping top down so things sell-out more quickly at the top of the page.
  6. Make a list – List out who you need to buy for on an organizing site like and check-off when you score something for them
  7. Know the and return policies – Many items may be FINAL SALE, and are nonrefundable
  8. Skip the sales tax – Get big savings when you combine a sale and a coupon with a state-tax holiday. Sixteen states have tax holidays this year. Check out the full list of states here

Michelle Madhok is the founder of some great online shopping sites like

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