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"Looking through the circulars, planning it all out, making use of those coupons," says mother Debbie Schiraldi.
Amy Harvey, who runs money saving blog Mymusiccitymommy.com, took us shopping at Staples to show us how it's done.
"These are normally $6.79 and you're getting them for only $1 today," says Harvey.
She simply shops the sales. Harvey repeats the strategy with legal pads, hand sanitizer and dividers. Harvey says the key to keeping costs down is to keep your focus.
"They're hoping to lure you in so you'll buy more," says Harvey.
More of what's NOT on sale. The average family spends roughly $50 per child on school supplies, but with a shopping strategy, Harvey says she spends 1/5 of that. Back at the house, Harvey showed us a backpack.
"This was Walgreens this week," says Harvey.
She laid out deals from other stores. She starts early.
"You can get pencils for .39 cents and there's no limit on them," says Harvey. ".39 cents for index cards is a great deal. I picked them up for .50 cents last week from Office Max."
Less than $4 for a backpack. Pennies for pencils and paper.
"I like back to school simply because it is so easy to do," says Harvey. "You don't have to clip a million coupons and spend 6-7 hours up on it. You grab an ad. You look at the deals. You go to the store and you're done."
The best way to do this is to stop off at the sales near your local grocer when you're doing your weekly shopping. That way, you don't make an extra trip and waste gas. Amy Harvey has done all of the cost comparisons for you on her site, Mymusiccitymommy.com. We have a link at Fox17.com under FOX LINKS.
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