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What you need to know about back-to-school shopping

By Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister is MomsCharlotte.com's Deal Diva, giving you loads of easy tips to save money.
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TONY CENICOLA - New York Times

August is here, and stores are gearing up for their back-to-school sales. Last year, families spent an average of $634.78 on clothing and accessories, electronics and computer-related equipment and school supplies, according to the National Retailer’s Federation.

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your school supplies. Start buying now to take advantage of the best sales. Buy enough now to have for later in the year when prices are not as attractive.

These back-to-school sales are also great for telecommuters, with prices on paper, computers and accessories at their lowest.

Don’t forget the bare necessities – underwear and socks are at their lowest prices of the year. Weekly sales will include all lunchbox-friendly items such as pudding cups, fruit snacks and storage bags.

In other August deals news:

• Summer produce is at its peak. Take advantage of the price and availability of corn, summer squash, watermelon and peaches.

• Aug. 3-8 is National Smile Week. Look for coupons and sales on dental products.

Email: thedealdiva@bellsouth.net
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