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Back to School Shopping Up?

Written By: Joe Melillo

It's the second week in August and that means back to school shopping is in full swing, and a study suggests spending could be up this year.

Back to School Shopping Up?
 

August 15, 2012

Twin Tiers (WENY) - It's the second week in August and that means back to school shopping is in full swing, and a study suggests spending could be up this year. A new study by the National Retail Federation questioned parents with kids in grades K- 12 about how much they plan to spend this year, and what the survey found is good news for the economy.

      Parents with kids K- 12 are expected to spend an average of $688 on everything from pens, pencils, notebooks and electronics this fall. That number is up 13 percent from last year, but that doesn’t mean parents like Pamela Barnes from Lawrenceville aren't looking for deals.

     “It's something that has to be done I don't usually look forward to it. I try to come when there are really good sales and deals on back to school items.”

     Big stores are a great place to find good deals but if you don't want to deal with all the searching sometimes those deals are right in your pocket. There are certain smart phone apps that can save you some serious time and money. Apps like “SaleLocator”and “Zoomingo” find and compare local store deals to find you the best price. The “Retailmenot” app finds back-to-school promotions and contests along with coupons.

     Karie Magliocca has been using apps to save for a long time.

     “I have an enumerable number of apps on my phone. I have pretty much any app you can have, Sam's Club, Lowes, Home Depot. So if there's a deal somewhere i'm going to find it.”

     College students and their families are expected to spend an average of $900 going back to school. Textbooks usually eat up a lot of cash. So students like Calla Abrunzo are using websites like Bookbyte.com where you can rent books

     “I mean I use apps all the time for coupons to save me some money. Books are really expensive and I've been using a website to help me rent my books so they are not as much money as buying them through the bookstore at school.”

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