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We're no fools when it comes to the reality of how much it costs to send a kid back to the books.

According to the national retail federation, if a child is K-12, nearly $674 per student. Have a kid in college? That`s looking a little more like, $890 each.

The ABCs of being a Smart Shopper will pay off.

First, how to compare prices without looking at every single ad.

Free price comparison phone apps, that`s how! With one of my favorites, Redlaser, you just scan a products bar code and it will price match nearby stores, and you don't have to dig for the scissors to clip coupons.

By downloading The Coupon App, you can share coupons and get those needed online codes for discounts. This has everything for all of your shopping, eating and repair needs.

Knowing what you need and being unable to physically spend time in a store doesn't have to be impossible. Office depot allows you to shop online and pick it up in the store, in about an hour! Not near one? Let them get the goods to you. Many areas, might qualify to shop online and have items worth $35 or more, shipped to you for free.

Oriental Trading is a big shipper of party supplies, but it can be a great resource for school supplies, too. You can get graphic pens and pencils in bulk, for about a quarter a piece.

Technology needs eat up a good portion of the budget these days. Many companies, like dell, offer an outlet online. You can get your hands on a new product that was overstocked, canceled or returned unopened, or one that is certified refurbished. I talk from experience on this one! Locally, don't forget to check with local places like Genius Phone Repair.

Whether you need a study break or some new clothing, make sure to keep that student ID handy! You`ll want to head to

When it comes to buying fall clothing, hold off for a bit! According to, October is actually the best time to buy jeans, since the back to school rush has died down. Sneaker prices will be slashed in November, making way for those winter boots.

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