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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 14: The words "In God We Trust" are seen on U.S. currency October 14, 2004 in Washington, DC. Although the U.S. constitution prohibits an official state religion, references to God appear on American money, the U.S. Congress starts its daily session with a prayer, and the same U.S. Supreme Court that has consistently struck down organized prayer in public schools as unconstitutional opens its public sessions by asking for the blessings of God. The Supreme Court will soon use cases from Kentucky and Texas to consider the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on government property, addressing a church-state issue that has ignited controversy around the country. (Photo Illustration by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Back-to-School can be tough on the wallet, but it doesn’t have to be…

Some people consider back-to-school shopping more stressful than holiday shopping… here are some tips to help!

  1. Coupons, coupons, coupons! Many places have back-to-school deals so it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for the best ones, but to also check for additional coupons that can be applied.
  2. Don’t be afraid to reuse supplies! It doesn’t hurt to peruse your home for binders,   folders, pencils, etc. that are still in good condition for the upcoming year.  Sure, everyone likes “new” supplies, but sometimes it isn’t necessary.
  3. Refurbished items can be as good as new! There’s no denying the increase in use of technology in schools, and there’s certainly no denying the cost of technology.  Checking online sites or even certain stores for refurbished electronics can greatly save some bucks.
  4. Set. A. Budget. and stick to it! Compiling a list is also helpful to coincide with your allotted spending.  And remember, not every item is necessarily needed right at the start of the year, which may help if things get too close to the initial allotted budget.

Back-to-school season is hectic for so many reasons… breaking the bank shouldn’t be one of them! Use these tips to minimize unnecessary spending at the start of the year!


Source: USA Today