Four ways to save on back-to-school shopping

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - For those who have not gone back to school shopping yet, there's still time!

According to the National Retail Federation, families spend an average of $684 on back-to-school items.

So before heading out, shoppers may want to consider four ways to save on school items.

The first way to save is to hold off on buying a lot of new clothes.

According to consumer reports, now is not the best time to buy a new wardrobe for your child.

Prices go down in September and are even lower in October.

So maybe get the first day of school outfit, but hold off on the rest.

Next, shoppers should follow their favorite stores on social media.

This is can be beneficial for two reasons.

Some retailers tweet or post about sales and special deals that may be exclusive to their online communities.

Shoppers can also take this opportunity to compare online sales and discounts to in-store prices and figure out which deal is better.

The third way to save money is by using a money saving app.

Lifestyle expert and photographer Lindsay Hart told WBTV, an app called "Shop Savvy" can save back-to-school shoppers quite a bit.

"As you go into stores you can scan the barcodes and then the shop savvy app will let you know if you can find that same product for a better or lower price anywhere around your area," said Hart.

Hart also suggests doing a supply sweep or checking around your home to see if there are leftover paper, pencils, and pens from last school year that can be used this year.

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