How to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

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As the excitement of the July Fourth holiday weekend quiets down, you might notice that stores are featuring back-to-school inventory. It’s a good thing, because a new survey by Rubicon Project reports that nearly 25 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade have already begun shopping for the upcoming school year.

Start thinking about the items you need now, and you can take advantage of early sales as well as take the pressure off later in the summer when you’re trying to enjoy the waning long, sunny days. Here are a few tips to navigate sales during the next few months and spend less money and time on shopping.

1. Don’t buy what you don’t need

It’s so tempting to snatch up shiny new notebooks and folders right away in the beautifully designed display cases you see in stores, but wait before you buy. The first thing to do is dig through last year’s backpacks and desks with your kids to find out what supplies are left over. Chances are there are a few things that weren’t even opened yet. Take inventory of everything you have, including each child’s wardrobe, and then make a list of what supplies and clothing is needed for next year.

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Source: U.S. News & World Report | Jon Lal

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