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Practical Money Matters Radio Series

July 8, 2013
Back-to-School Shopping Tips

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Find out how you can manage back-to-school expenses for an easier and more affordable start to the school year.


Many parents – myself included – dread back-to-school shopping. It's a hassle figuring out what the kids need for the coming year and dragging them to the mall. Plus, it's just so expensive. Here are a few tips for managing back-to-school expenses:

  • First, calculate what you can afford without blowing your budget.
  • Then list all anticipated expenses. Look at past bills and ask other parents for suggestions.
  • Ask the school which supplies you're expected to furnish.
  • Spread clothing purchases throughout the year so they don't outgrow everything at once.
  • Learn how much equipment for extracurricular activities costs.
  • Take advantage of mobile shopping apps for in-store comparison shopping.

Bottom line: Back-to-school shopping can be tedious, but with careful planning you can save time, money and aggravation.

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