17 Tips for Saving on Back-to-School Shopping

×
The start of a new school year represents a new beginning for students and parents. But for many budget-conscious families, it also represents a financial challenge. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family with school-age children will spend $669 on back-to-school items, up about 5 percent from last year. The total includes school supplies, clothing and electronics.

But even for your must-buys -- your kids have grown and need new clothes; the school mandates certain supplies; and the computer you bought for the kids four years ago spends more time frozen than the ice cream you bought last week -- there are ways for smart, organized shoppers to save serious money:


Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Intro to different retirement accounts

What does it mean to have a 401(k)? IRA?

View Course »

What is Inflation?

Why do prices go up?

View Course »

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

2 Comments

Filter by:
Ari

Two other places to look for bargains: your local thrift stores for clothes and backpacks and the like and the Dollar stores for a good part of the stationery products like glue, pens, pencils, paints, crayons, map colors, rulers and so forth. Some paper products can be as good as the Big Box stores on prices later in the year if needed The dollar stores are also good for finding snacks for lunches and some of them have backpacks of comparable quality for fairly reasonable prices. Hope that helps.

August 19 2014 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
weilunion

For many kids who languish in phony charter schools run by charter management groups and who sit in the halls of privatized schools, school is prison. They are just another Brick in the Wall. Memorizing and taking tests all day.

So, given this the best thing you can do for consumption is buy the little tigers prison stripe uniforms. Miliarty uniforms would work too for most of the schools are now militarized.

August 19 2014 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply