(BPT) – The new school year is quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend $83.6 billion dollars on clothing, supplies and other school items according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. The study also found that the average family surveyed plans to spend $687 on back-to-school shopping or $969 to head back to college, per child, which means looking for discounts and deals will be key to staying on budget.
From the kindergarten classroom to the college dorm, here are five tips to get the most for your money while staying on budget during back-to-school shopping:
1. Buy used: Hit the pavement to scour consignment shops, thrift stores and garage sales, or fire up an internet search to purchase gently used college textbooks, dorm room décor and other necessities. Friends, family and neighbors with kids of various ages also can be a great resource. Before buying new, consider organizing a swap with your friends that gives everyone the opportunity to clean out closets or storage boxes to help each other prepare for the upcoming school year.
2. Use discounted gift cards: Whether you’re buying new uniforms, updating the wardrobe or stocking up on pencils, notebooks and electronics, look for discounted gift cards to your favorite stores at Cardpool.com. Cardpool is a gift card exchange company, so if someone receives a gift card he or she doesn’t plan to use, Cardpool will buy it at a little less than face value to sell it at a discount. Look for gift cards from popular back-to-school retailers, including…
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