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Tips to save on back to school shopping when sticker prices sky rocket

There are ways to save and speed up that trip to the store. It might even save you from hearing a complaint or two. (Source: Kristin Sanchez) There are ways to save and speed up that trip to the store. It might even save you from hearing a complaint or two. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - You only have two more weekends to get your kids ready to go back to school. Shopping can be overwhelming, so WMBF News looked into how you can get the most for your money.

Parents say it can cost more than $50 to buy the supplies their kids need for the first day of class.

To buy all the items for a kindergartner it would cost roughly $40.

Christina Clemmons, a local mom explained, "It's very expensive. By the time you buy the book bag, the lunch boxes, everything that they require."

But just wait until your kids get older.

"I mean just the minimal stuff I'd say it's $50, $60, $70. Without clothes or anything," Clemmons continued to say.

It costs roughly $100 to get teens the essentials they need for the 12th grade, but that cost does include a graphing calculator, which run about $50.

There are ways to save and speed up that trip to the store. It might even save you from hearing a complaint or two.

"It's kind of annoying when she wants something I don't want," said 8-year-old Isaac Taylor.

If you have an iPhone or Android there are several apps you can download to save you money before hitting the stores.

First up, Supercard Flashcard for Android or Flash Cards for iOs. With this app, you don't have to waste hours writing notes and it'll save you a few dollars for a box of index cards.

Real Calc Scientific Calculator for Android or P-Calc for iPhone takes the place of a calculator that would normally run about $15.

It's a huge savings of time and money for some parents who might not have either.

Other popular apps for school purposes are:

- Google Drive (iOS, Android)

- Drop Box (iOS, Android)

- Google Now (iOS, Android)

- Myhomework Student Planner (Android)

- iStudiez (iOS)

- Duolingo (iOS, Android)

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