Back To School on A Budget

August 10, 2004 -- Posted at 5:03 CDT

JONESBORO -- The new school year is right around the corner. That means parents are dipping into their bank accounts for everything from haircuts to lunch money. The national average for back to school spending was pegged at $483 per child, that's up 7 percent from last year's average. Here are some money saving tips for back to school shopping.

- Shop around the house. You may find that you already have some items that you need. For example, combine half-empty bottles of glue. Get promotional pens from a local business or work and kids can decorate used folders with stickers.

- Go shopping with friends and neighbors in order to buy in bulk. Now is a good time to buy in bulk for the entire school year because of the back to school sales.

- Consider floor mdels and demos when purchasing computers or electronics.

- Discuss need vs. want. Help your child choose between what's a necessity as opposed to a trendy gadget they can do without.