It’s Back to School Season

Summertime is winding down and vacations are ending, signaling that back-to-school time is here. It’s a time that many children eagerly anticipate — catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into a new daily routine.

Parents and children alike scan newspapers and websites looking for sales on a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials.

According to the Commerce Department, there are 28,951 family clothing stores in the U.S., and 24,693 shoe stores. There are still 7,930 department stores.

Still, back-to-school shopping can be a real budget-breaker for families.

Many parents have embraced the convenience of online shopping these days. Sometimes buying a mix of new and slightly used items can save parents a ton of money. And the online channels can really help parents to uncover values.

Another value option is to check out local thrift stores. You’d be surprised what they sell in thrift stores, and how much can be saved. After all, why spend $25 on a new backpack when a lightly used model can be had for $5?

Since it’s August, you might look around your area for yard sales. Parents are often selling off clothing that has been outgrown and other items on a back-to-school shopping list.

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