Doreen's Deals: Back to school savings for parents and teachers

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Sunday's was the last day to legally cheat the tax man during Florida’s annual sales tax holiday.

Not having to pay 6 percent tax helps, but parents will still shell out a whopping $634 on back-to-school shopping this year, says the National Retail Federation. Teachers also fork over a big chunks of change, spending $485 of their own money on supplies, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association.

Parents and teachers can clip, click and save with these back-to-school promotions:

Coupons & rewards

JC Penneysalons are offering $10 haircuts for kids 12 and under and optical departments are selling $25 eyeglasses for kids 16 and under through Aug. 31.

Kohl’s and Staples are offering coupons at checkout through September. Shop at Staples and get $10 off $30 purchase coupon good at Kohl’s. Spend $30 at Kohl’s and get a $5 off $50 coupon redeemable at Staples.

Reward A Classroom: Parents can help teachers earn supplies with this new program. Up to 40 Rewards members can link to a teacher’s account, helping them earn up to $2,000 in rewards through June 30.

Just for teachers

Office Max teacher appreciation event runs through Monday. Teachers get a coupon book, a free tote and 25 percent off everyting that fits in the bag. They also earn $10 in MaxPerks Rewards for every $75 spent.

Office Depot Star Teacher events are being held through Aug. 24. Teachers get free gifts, instant 20 percent discounts on qualifying purchases made with the reward card. It’s free to join at

Big Lots Teacher Appreciation Day is Saturday. Use your school I.D. to save 10 percent.

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