Experts share money saving tips on back to school shopping

(WTNH)– The National Retail Federation says parents will spend ‘on average’ more than $630 when it comes to back to school items.

That’s up by nearly $200 in the past decade. So how can you keep more money in your pocket?

Experts say buy a little at a time. Some retailers rotate through their deals every week. If rebates are offered — get them. Be sure to cash in on free money.

Buy clothes later. Some of the best deals happen “after” the first day of school.

Scour some of those gift card sites. You can often get cards at five to 10 percent off.

As we’ve said a number of times, make a list and stick to it. That way, you won’t impulse buy.

If your teacher sends a supply list, stick to it, some teachers may not want Disney or other characters on notebooks. And along those lines, not buying themed items could make it last longer. For example, if you buy something with their favorite movie character on it, your child may move on to another favorite character in a few months.

And take advantage of tax-free weeks, like what’s going on right now in Connecticut. It runs through Saturday.

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