To keep your budget in check, one of the most effective ways to save money is to refrain from repeat purchases. "Take inventory about what you already have from last year and compare that with this year's list," she says. "You don't always have to rush out and buy everything brand new."
Perhaps most eye-catchingly, the survey found that 54% of parents confessed to picking up some clothing for themselves while back-to-school shopping for their kids. Especially when shopping online, if you notice a few items in your cart aren't related to back-to-school, take a few extra steps to search for a coupon code or use price comparison sites to make sure you're scoring the best deal.
- Written by Scott Gamm for MainStreet. Gamm is author of MORE MONEY, PLEASE