Attention, back to school shoppers: If you didn’t get to everything on your shopping list before the big sales ended, it might not be too late for a makeup exam. Find out if your credit card can help you save some money and earn some rewards points on school supplies and more.
Many school districts and colleges have already started the academic year, and almost all of the state tax-free holidays have ended (think fast, Connecticut). Don’t lose heart, though. Your credit card may have some back to school offers still standing.
Even better, you don’t have to fight traffic and crowds. Just check out your credit card’s online shopping portal for back to school deals on products including:
- Backpacks and duffel bags
- New and used textbooks
- Health and beauty
- Food and snacks
- Dorm furnishings
- Foreign language software
- General school supplies
Where the deals are
Here’s an example of how to search for back to school deals on your card’s online shopping portal.
If you have a Barclaycard, such as the Barclaycard CashForward™ World Mastercard® (currently unavailable), log on to Barclaycard RewardsBoost. Click on “Back To School” to check out deals from dozens of retailers and brands good for bonus points, discounts or both. Featured back to school offers from Barclaycard RewardsBoost include:
- Barnes & Noble (4 points per $1 spent)
- Kohl’s (2 points per $1 spent)
- Lenovo (2 points per $1 spent)
- Nike (4 points per $1 spent)
- Shoes.com (6 points per $1 spent)
You can use a similar process with other cards and that have online shopping portals. If you have a Chase offering like the Chase Freedom®, Chase Ultimate Rewards® has back to school deals on these and other brands:
- Bose (6 points per $1 spent)
- JC Penney (10 points per $1 spent)
- Staples (4 points per $1 spent)
What about other deals?
What if your card’s shopping portal doesn’t feature back to school specials? Just look for everyday deals and discounts on items that any student can use, such as clothing and electronics.
- Apple (5% cash back bonus at Apple online)
- Under Armour (15% cash back bonus at Under Armour online)
Clock’s ticking, bell’s ringing
Depending on your card’s rewards program and the kind of purchases you’re making, the points bonuses could help you rack up some impressive rewards.
Look fast, though, and act fast. Many back to school deals expire soon.
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