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Shop Smarter this School Year

In our last post, we broke down how much you should expect to spend this school year. Now, we're going to  help you find ways to save and defy the statistics! 

  • Shop Tax-Free Weekend.Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, 2014Alabama will hold its ninth annual sales tax holiday, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, electronics, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Local sales and use tax may apply.

  • Shop around for student discounts. Companies, like Apple, offer education pricing on their products to college students and deals like a gift card with any purchase of a Mac, iPad or iPhone. Microsoft also offers student deals on software.

  • Take stock. Do a clean sweep of your house before heading out to buy supplies. You may find you have enough of a pen and pencil supply for an entire class. Also, check out big brother's or sister's desk and closet for items that can be passed down.

  • Don't spend all of your clothing budget now. Yes, get your child the "coolest" first-day outfit you can afford, but save the rest of the clothes shopping for later. Jeans tend to go on sale in September, and with our lingering Alabama summers, you can probably continue to make use of this past spring's school looks well into the fall season.

  • Be social. Saving with social media goes beyond following brands on Facebook and Twitter. Tweet stores to share your love and ask for a special offer, and search common hashtags as #backtoschool and #schoolsavings to stay up to speed on sales. On Facebook, post requests to friends for used books.

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