Tips for smart back-to-school shopping

School bells will be ringing before we know it, and with Tax-Free Weekend right around the corner, many families will be taking advantage of annual back-to-school specials on supplies.


Whether you plan to shop at your favorite retail store, a consignment shop, and/or in the drawers and closets of your home, Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) recommends sticking to a budget to avoid the common overspending on school supplies.


According to the National Retail Federation, parents will continue to be prudent in many areas of school shopping this year.


It’s projected $29.5 billion will be spent on back-to school shopping. Over 57% of consumers will be shopping from department/discount store. It also appears 91% of consumers say they will take advantage of free shipping to save money. This year, 46.7% of consumers will wait three weeks to a month before starting back-to-school shopping.


“A little planning can go a long way when it comes to school supply shopping,”

said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB serving Central East Texas.


“Taking the extra time to see what you have left over from the previous school year may

help parents to stick within their budgets and/or may allow for higher end items.”


BBB recommends considering the following when it comes to back-to-school shopping:


  • Take inventory…

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