One includes making a list.
With school scheduled to start next week in Frederick County, a lot of parents are scrambling to find new clothes and school supplies for their children. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland has developed some suggestions to save you money when you're out shopping for your kids this week. "Start with a list; set your budget. Those two things will really help get you on your way," says Jody Thomas, Vice President, Communications for the BBB.
She also suggests you sign up for e-mail alerts from your favorite stores, so you can find out about upcoming bargains. "Whether it's the big stores, the national stores, your local stores, find out when those sales are so you can take advantage of that," she says.
Most consumers are taking advantage of "Shop MD Tax-free Week," where purchases of clothing and shoes $100 each or under are exempt from Maryland's 6% sales taxes. This tax-free week lasts through Saturday, August 17th.
In addition, according to BBB, many stores offer student and teacher discounts on popular items such as laptops and uniforms as retailers are trying to make room for the fall line and the newest models.
THe National Retail Federation says Americans spent $83.8-billion on back-to-school shopping in 2012. This year, consumers are expected to spend on average $688.62 on each of their children from grades K through 12. "When you're talking almost $700 a child, you want to watch your pennies," says Thomas.
The first day of school in Frederick County is Monday, August 19th.