Insider Savings: Back to school deals, freebies


by LAURA THORNQUIST / Special Contributor


Posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 8:48 AM

From backpack deals to free haircuts for back to school. Laura Thornquist shares today's "Insider Savings" tips.

If you don't have the time this summer to pick up your child's school supplies for pennies shopping different stores, some office supply stores will do the work for you.

Right now, Office Max has three different backpack deals for $39.99. The deal not only includes the backpack, but it's filled with school supplies. 

There is an option for high school and college students, one for girls in elementary and middle school and one for boys.
This offer includes everything from notebooks to crayons to folders and highlighters. And, if you spend $50, shipping is free. 

You are only allowed to pick up one backpack at a time, but when you shop around, you can pick up some other deals that are free after you use your MaxPerks.

Go online now for more details. This is only available while supplies last.

If you are concerned about being able to afford school supplies this year, registration for the Tarrant County back to school roundup is underway. 

This is for students ages four through 18 who attend public school in Tarrant County and meet the 2012 federal poverty income guidelines. 

The free event offers students school supplies but also dental, health and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts and more.

The deadline to pre-register is August 1, and the Back to School Roundup at the Will Rogers Memorial Center is on August 8th.

Go to my website,, to see if you qualify and where you have to go to pre-register.

Speaking of haircuts, there are other ways to get a free haircut before school starts.
Haircuts can get expensive, so we have two deals that can help this summer. JCPenney Salon is offering free haircuts the entire month of August.

This deal is good for all kids kindergarten through the sixth grade. You will need to schedule your appointment so call the nearest JCPenney salon today.
And Remington College in Dallas is again giving kids two weeks of complimentary back-to-school haircuts starting on August 14. The free haircuts are for all kids 17 and under. 

You can schedule you appointment or walk-ins are welcome. 

The Salon at Remington is in Garland.