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Back to school time — time to grab the shopping carts and try to make a dollar stretch. If you plan ahead a little, you can get your child ready for school and get yourself through the big stores without tears or melting your credit card.

Here is a condensed list of tips to help out.

  • The first thing to do is take inventory. Start checking off on the list right at home. There is a good chance you already have that item on the list.
  • Check the websites and social media sites of the big retailers for their sales/coupons/membership programs.
  • There are many free educational iPad apps such as Brain Pop, Popular Science, SAT Up, National Geographic, NASA Earth Now, Sphere and History Hero.
  • Search online for coupons from department stores such as JC Penney, Kohl’s and Target.
  • Watch for discounts and coupon programs at all the office/school supply chains.
  • STORES…
    Target has a dollar section of surprisingly useful stuff.
    Amazon has a whole back-to-school section.
    Apple is giving away a $100 gift card with a purchase of a Mac and a $50 gift card with a purchase of an iPad.
  • There are several book discount stores online for big savings on high school and college textbooks.
  • Create a parent group and buy in bulk on items that everyone needs.
  • Certain items will save you money if you buy good quality the first time. Some of these items are pencil sharpeners, erasers, protractors, compasses, flash drives, lunch boxes and backpacks.
  • Buy extra! Take advantage of discounts now to purchase items that you know will get wrecked or broken during the school year.
  • Have a clothing swap with your friends, community or church. Kids often outgrow their clothes while still in good condition.

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[AUTHOR: Leading Edge Tutors, Rae Largura]

August 18, 2014

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