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Saving Money on Back to School

It's back to school and for many parents, the price is incredibly high. With some careful shopping, the prices can be minimized. Hence, this little of back to school shopping tips.

  • Clothes, shoes, backpacks and lunch bags can often be found at consignment and thrift shops.
  • If that doesn't work, try discounters like TJ Maxx, Kmart or Five Below. Sometimes you can even find real deals on backpacks and lunch bags at places like Walgreens.
  • Only buy what the school requires. Don't go by lists that you see at the store. If you have to wait, wait.
  • Brand names are only a suggestion. Even if a brand name is used, go ahead and buy the generic.
  • Dollar stores can be an excellent place to buy anti-bacterial wipes, napkins, and tissues. Often, though, prices on pencils and notebooks may be cheaper somewhere else.
  • Target, Kmart and Meijer often have loss-leaders for really cheap pencils, notebooks, etc. Look for their ads.
  • Drugstores and even grocery stores, like Kroger, often have great deals, as well.
  • Often schools are open a few days before the first day of school. If you have vague instructions or if something is listed that really cannot be found, this is your time to ask.
  • One final tip: even if you don't have a student, take advantage of the sales. You never know when you might need folders, pens, even a notebook.
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