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:

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Anne Gregor

Busy mom like I do spends most of my time working and has only little time to spend in shopping supplies for kids. I find shopping online is easier and more convenient. If you don't have to travel between multiple stores to compare coupons but just click, then you save the cost of your gas.

There are a few online school supply stores that you might want to check out -- We get ours at www.SuppliesForSchool.net

January 26 2015 at 4:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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

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