Earn an A+ in bargain hunting with these top tactics designed to give you the most bang for your buck.
Opt for Less Trendy Merchandise
On average, back-to-school items emblazoned with licensed cartoon characters, logos and photos of celebrities can cost up to 30 percent more than basic buys. If your children are yearning for specific styles and brands, show them how they personalize plain items to make them special. Who needs a pricey Justin Bieber pocket folder when kids can have fun making their own with photos found in a magazine or online and printed at home? And don't forget: Clothes can be embellished, too.