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Back-to-school shopping breaking your budget? Get back on track with these three simple tips.
Leave the kids—and Dad—at home
Children in a school supply aisle are a dream come true for stores looking to increase sales. But, according to a recent study by the National Retail Federation, Dads aren’t much better. They expect to spend $671 on back-to-school shopping (including school supplies, electronics and clothing), while Moms plan to spend $545. Give yourself the equivalent of a 25% off coupon by shopping on your own.
Better yet, go online
Avoid the hassle of crowded aisles by shopping online—with free shipping deals from sites like Amazon and Target, you won't spend extra for the convenience. If you enjoy the experience of wandering through the school supply aisle in person, look for coupons beforehand at sites such as Redplum,
Retailmenot, Fatwallet, and Combyo.
Buy in bulk
Save time and money by stocking up on school supplies that will last for the next few years. Or if you’d rather not have the clutter, team up with other parents to share the supplies—and the discount.
Give yourself plenty of time
You’ll pay a high premium for the convenience of buying last-minute school supplies at the drugstore. Instead, check weekly ads for sale items and comparison shop online for the best price. If possible, wait until school starts and then hit the clearance section for bargains.
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