As summer winds down, it’s time for back-to-school shopping. Here are some tips to not only help you save time and money but to do with your kids to help teach them about money, budgeting and organizing.
— This article is from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information blog. Colleen Tressler is a consumer education specialist with the FTC.
- Get the teacher-approved list. Many teachers have lists of items they want their students to have.
- Take an inventory of clothing and supplies you already have. Then, set a budget and buy only what you need.
- Use price comparison apps to help you check for the best available price in real time. Many of these apps use your phone’s camera to scan a product code. Then they search online databases to show you prices and information about similar products sold online or in stores. [Darienite.com editor’s note: See a list of some of them below.]
- Consider buying used or refurbished, whether it’s clothing, sporting equipment, electronics or musical instruments. Consignment and resale shops are a great place to find quality merchandise at deep discounts.
- Take advantage of tax-free shopping. Many states offer tax-free shopping days in August. It can be a great time to save on clothing and school supplies.
- Ask about refund and return policies, including sale items. Merchants often have different refund and return policies for sale items, especially clearance merchandise.
- Save those receipts! When you’re shopping online, keep copies of your order number, the refund and return policies, shipping costs and warranties.
For more money management tips, visit Money & Credit.
For more tips on teaching your kids about money, budgeting and organizing, the FTC Consumer Information blog recommends the Jump Start: Financial Smarts for Kids website.
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- From Now Till Darien’s First Day of School, Events for Teachers and New Students (Aug. 22)
- Darien Police Advice to Teens, Parents on Driving to and from School — Safely (Aug. 21)
- The Amount of Clothing and Food We Buy and Don’t Use Is Enormous — and Likely More Than You Think (Aug. 19)
- CT Sales Tax Free Week Coming Aug 19 to 25: What to Know (Aug. 17)
- How to Protect Your Children’s Privacy as They Head Back to School (Aug. 20)
- How Darien Police Are Working with Schools in Town to Protect Students (July 30)
- Appeals for Donated School Supplies: […]Darien Human Services’ Runs Aug 13 to 30 (July 27)
Using the Web and Apps to Compare Prices
Darienite found this list of price comparison apps and websites at Oberlo.com. We haven’t researched them and don’t have any recommendations. We just link to them as resources that you could try:
Some Price Comparison Apps
Some Price Comparison Websites