5 ways to save during the back-to-school season

1. Where to buy cheap textbooks online

Cheapism.com — College students can spend more than $1,200 on textbooks per year. Don’t fall prey to college bookstores that indiscriminately mark up prices. Cheapism.com has a great ranking of online sources where you can buy or rent college textbooks for cheap.

2. Who sells the cheapest school supplies?

News-Press — Back-to-school supplies for this year can cost over $100 per child. Where should you shop? The News-Press explored the five top retail stores in the country, and came up with a ranking of which stores give you the most bang for your buck. Hint: Wal-Mart still generally has the cheapest school supplies.

3. Save money on back-to-school clothes 

Frugal Living — Don’t buy back-to-school clothes for your kids until after school starts. Frugal Living has a great list of ways to save money on your kids’ clothes. Basic principles of reduce and reuse apply — jeans that are too small can easily be cut and hemmed into a new pair of shorts.

4. Get the best deals on back-to-school tech

Global News — The newest and flashiest laptop or tablet may not offer the best deal for college students. Don’t bother with buying the additional protection plan, but you may want to check out the on-campus IT or computer store — oftentimes, students who purchase gadgets here can have access to free IT help if they experience problems throughout the school year.

5. Do Your Homework Before Going Back-To-School Shopping 

CBS New York — The “Coupon Queen” of Long Island has some tips for shoppers: Look for stores that price-match, and use coupons to buy both online and in stores. Be sure to read the fine print, she adds: Some stores require a mail-in rebate, while others have a quantity limit. And how much did she end up paying for school supplies? Nothing. She even got a total of $9.14 refunded.

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