MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The National Retail Federation estimated the costs for back-to-school basics will cost nearly $700. The hundreds are estimated to cover supplies, clothes and electronics. The number is up 5 percent from last year.
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"I have two kids going to high school and two going to elementary," said Nicolette Kennedy.
Kennedy is like a lot of parents. She dreads the idea of sending the kids back to school because of the cost of supplies.
Dollar stores are a great way to stock up on things like notepads, paper, pens and pencils. When it comes to the more expensive items, like the electronics, you'll have to be more creative.
The National Retail Federation surveyed parents. Nearly half plan to shop sales, 33 percent plan to use coupons, and about three in 10 plan to do their homework before they head out.
While it's convenient to shop for everything in one location, you should take the time to compare prices online and see who has the best deals.
Back-to-school ads are coming in the mail; hold on to them and take them with you when you shop. Store policies may vary, but many will match the price.
This year, Staples has upped the ante with a 110 percent price-match guarantee.
When you're done shopping, hold on to your receipts. Some deals will continue to get better as the weeks go by and many stores will offer an adjustment if the price goes down.
Back-to-school shopping may seem like an overwhelming task because of all the expenses but keep in mind, in the end, education is priceless.