Ask your kids if they have a favorite backpack or pencil case, more often than not, they'll be willing to reuse it for the next school year, making your shopping list one or two items shorter. Usually cloth bags can be machine washed, but if made from another material, they can be cleaned by hand with warm water, dish liquid or detergent, and a gentle brush.
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Buying everything from one store in one trip can be much more expensive than scoring deals at several different places. Visiting different stores can help you compare prices and get the most savings. In fact, the smartphone app Red Laser helps you quickly determine if a better price can be found elsewhere!
Lots of states have tax-free days, and taking advantage of them is a great way to help stay within budget. Each state varies, so check TaxAdmin.org to see if yours has one. (Most states have one in early August.)
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Ask your kids during your annual back-to-school plan to determine which supplies they need rather than which they want. This will help teach them about money management, and they might even come up with some clever money-saving tips of their own!
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Don't forget to sign up for store memberships and credit cards which can also offer great deals on purchases. For example, a Target credit card saves you 5% on each purchase in addition to any coupons you may have.
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