10 Tips for Back-to-School Savings

Getting your kids ready for the classroom doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Buying a few pencils and notebooks for your school-age children won't put a big dent in your budget. But throw in backpacks, electronics, new clothes and more, and the cost of a back-to-school shopping trip quickly adds up. In fact, the average family is expected to spend $606 this year on these items, according to the National Retail Federation. That amount tops last year's -- $549 -- even though many Americans say they're struggling financially.

There are ways to keep back-to-school costs from spiraling out of control. The tips below will help.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.