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5 ways to save money on school supplies

by: Elizabeth Hopkins, Jesse Grossi Updated:

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It's that time of year when students and parents are on the hunt for school supplies and according to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend more than $75 billion on back-to-school shopping.

Edgar Dworsky, founder of consumerworld.org shared some ways to save you money on back to school shopping  

COMPARISON SHOP
Dworsky said it's as easy as picking up the Sunday newspaper ,"the circulars are certainly full of deals and if for some reason the particular store is not near you - you can use a price matching policy and get a convienent store to match the price."

BUY IN BULK
When supplies go on sale, buy in bulk.   If you have way too much of one item, like pens,  you can split the cost with other parents. 

AVOID IMPULSE SHOPPING
Dworsky said to avoid buying school supplies on impulse and to watch prices.  Making and sticking to a list will often keep your budget on track. 

AVOID TRENDY ITEMS
Dworsky stressed to not get sucked in by expensive trendy items, "keep in mind that what's popular today may not be popular in six months and your kid is gonna say ma, I don’t want to carry that school bag anymore it’s out of style."  

START EARLY
Start shopping now if you want to find what you’re looking for while staying on budget.
Simon Malls are already offering deals and sales and they expect foot traffic to increase steadily.