Back to School Shopping Becoming More Expensive

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School supply lists are getting longer, more specific, and increasingly expensive.

Families of school kids will spend nearly $700 on back to school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. Families of college students will drop nearly $1,000 on supplies.

One thing many students will need is a computer. Apple’s Macbook tops many college wishlists. Microsoft’s Surface follows. It’s a hybrid, meaning it’s a tablet and a laptop. Those looking for a mid-priced model can check out the Lenovo Yoga 720, which can also be used as a laptop or tablet. Apple iPad’s are also on the most requested list. The tablets can be used for e-textbooks, and are a good option for saving a little money, if a full computer isn’t needed.

Experts say, whether shopping for pens and glue, or laptops and minifridges, start online and do research. There are powerful online tools for the savvy shopper. Browser extensions like Honey can find and apply coupon codes before time to checkout. The Camelizer tracks prices on Amazon to help you find the best deals.

Save on shipping by opting to pick up in store. Some retailers might even give a discount. Walmart will slash the price on some items if you’ll buy online and pick up in-store in a few days.

Some stores will price match if you can prove an item is on sale for less somewhere else. College students can also flash their student ID’s for a discount at select retailers. Visit to find discounts online. Textbooks can also be bought, rented and sold online.

Experts say saving money on school supplies depends on the determination to find the best deals.


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