(WTNH)- It may seem like school just let out, but it’s already time to start thinking about the new school year! With back-to-school specials running all summer long, parents and students can start their shopping early and spread it out to avoid a hefty back-to-school shopping bill all at once.
Luke Frey with the Better Business Bureau came to Good Morning Connecticut to share tips on how to shop smart when starting your back to school shopping.
Frey said the first thing you should do is make a list. You can either wait for the school supplies list to come out, or start shopping without it. Even if you don’t have the exact list, you should have an idea of what to purchase regarding school clothes, and basic supplies.
The second tip is to shop your home. Frey says you may already have an item in your house, why should you purchase the same thing twice?
Third tip: research big ticket items. Before buying an expensive laptop, do your homework and research.
Fourth tip: look for the sales. Frey says to compare prices between different stores and save with coupons.
Fifth tip: ask for student discounts. Many stores offer discounts to students if you have a student ID.
Sixth tip: shop in bulk. Some teachers ask parents to buy bulk items for the entire classroom to use throughout the year. Talk with other parents about what they’re getting, and see if you can all split the cost.
Frey also says to shop safely online and do your research. Be extremely cautious of websites and putting out personal information.
For more information, you can watch the video above.