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Another school year approaches. Shopping for school supplies can be pretty expensive. The National Retail Federation estimates the average family with kids in school will spend nearly $700 on supplies this year. A little planning & preparation can save you time, and money.

#1 make a list of what you need.

#2 Take inventory of what you already have. This will avoid wasting money on things you don't need to buy.

#3 Comparison shop. Spending time on the internet can save you time, and money. Many stores have coupons & sales that you'll only find online.

#4 Buy online from outlets with free shipping. They include Best Buy, J.C. Penney, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, and Amazon. This, once again, will save you time, money, and fuel.

[USA Today]