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5 Back-to-School Savings Tips

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It’s that time of year when children and parents everywhere are starting their back-to-school shopping. According to The National Retail Federation, compared with pre-pandemic 2019, significantly more consumers are planning their back-to-school and back-to-college shopping around retailer sale events.

If you’re a household that is looking to cut back on your back-to-school bill this year, here are some tips to help you shop smarter:

1.  Organize a clothes swap day. Before you hit the stores, organize a clothes swap day with friends. Go through your kids’ clothes to see             what can be reused or swapped out.

2.  Shop the Missouri Tax-Free Weekend, August 5 thru August 7. This weekend allows you to shop without paying state and local sales             tax.

3.  Use mobile apps to get an upper hand on deals. Download an app that lets you scan an item’s barcode to compare prices in nearby               retailers. ShopSavvy is a popular app that lets you make quick price comparisons.

4.  Encourage your kids to personalize plain supplies. That notebook with a trendy design can often be twice the price of the basic                       version. Opt for the plain supplies and give your kids stickers or markers so they can add a unique personal flair to those items.

5.  Buy in bulk.  Buying items in bulk can save you in the long run.  Items such as pencils and notebook paper can be used with                                   households that have multiple students, but even if you have a single-child, consider splitting costs with another family.

Do you have any additional back-to-school shopping tips? Post them below!

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Linda Stauffer

As a retired teacher at the middle school level, get just some of the basics. Also if the school sells a packet, consider that. Then, wait until school starts and see if specific teachers have a supply list for that class. Of course everyone needs paper, pencils, etc. so get those at the cheap price, but make sure you are getting exactly what you need. My former school was an AVID school, and they sold a binder with ALL of the required items for around 18 dollars. The only things parents need beyond that was to replenish paper and pencils.

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