WASHINGTON — Consignment shops, swap meets and re-sale websites can help cut back-to-school shopping costs as many students start a new school year.
The cost of back-to-school shopping can quickly add up. The National Retail Federation’s annual survey reveals the average family with kids K-12 will spend this year nearly $670. The back-to-school cost for families with college students averages $916.
Money-saving tips from frugal parents include making the most of sale ads and merchandise schedules, too.
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Stores such as Old Navy, Gap Kids and The Children’s Place rotate merchandise frequently according to Parenting.com, which suggests parents ask when stores plan to do mark-downs.
Parenting.com says children will be less likely to lose items that otherwise would need to be replaced if backpacks and pencil cases are brightly colored.
There’s more than one reason to check sale ads before shopping. The Gaston Gazette points out some stores such as Target and Walmart have price-matching policies. Read more about other price-matching policies and deals on WTOP.com.
Popular back-to-school items such as shoes commonly are offered as buy one get one free or half off — which is incentive to take the entire family shopping.
Some Parent Teacher Associations sponsor swap meets for the exchange of gently used clothes or school uniforms. Parents also can organize their own back-to-school swaps.