NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Online Retailers have declared the First Annual 'Back to School Monday' on August 27, the last Monday of August, as millions of students head back to school. Once parents and students make their final shopping lists of school supplies and textbooks, they'll start hunting for the best deals online or at the mall. A full list of participating retailers and special promotions can be found on the new Back to School Monday website.
Matthew Cheng, founder of eCoupons.com and creator of the new BacktoSchoolMonday.com website said, "Monday has long been the strongest day of e-commerce and 'Back to School Monday' is the Cyber Monday for the Back to School shopping season. Online Retailers are offering their best deals to coincide with the last minute rush for school supplies. This year, nearly 40 percent of Americans will use the Internet to shop for school items, up from 31 percent last year and nearly double the amount seen in 2007."
Many computer makers are offering online special education discounts for college students, parents buying for a college student, or teachers, homeschool teachers, administrators and staff of all grade levels directly from their websites. Online retailers also make it easy to ship items directly to a college address rather transporting from home.
Cheng said, "Electronic coupons, or ecoupons, continue to be the most popular promotion with families as the uncertain economy weighs on spending plans."
Back to School Tips and Tricks
- Office supply companies are offering Back to School Freebies. These include free pencils, pens and miscellaneous supplies and sell out fast.
- Student discounts are available directly from major computer makers' websites.
- eBooks are convenient but cannot be resold like physical textbooks.
- Need help with school work? Tutorials on many simple subjects can be found on YouTube.
- Need help with college courses? Free online course materials are available at websites like MIT's OpenCourseWare that include free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT.
- Android based tablets from various manufacturers are cheaper but do not have as many applications as the iPad.
- There's an app for that. There are many free dictionary, calculator and study apps.
- Create flash cards, charts and lists to keep track of new things.
- Create a family calendar that everyone has access to. A free option is Google Calendar.
- One of the best ways to learn is to play. Make a game out of new subject. Play, learn and have fun!