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Consumer Watch: Stores offer big savings on back-to-school shopping

From clothes to supplies, and tech, there are ways to save a little money when shopping for back to school season.(Photo: MGN)

Spending money you don’t normally spend seems unavoidable during the back to school shopping season, but there is no need to spend more than you must.

August is a great time to finds back to school savings because back to school and end of summer sales start to blend together.

This first savings tip is for college students. Buying text books is traditionally expensive, but you can still find good deals.

“Many consumers head straight to the on-campus bookstore because they think that is the best option, and while it certainly is convenient -- it is not the cheapest option at all,” says Sarah Hollenbeck, spokesperson for Offers.com

Hollenbeck recommends checking sites like Chegg.com and Textbooks.com where users can rent or buy used books, and you can also sell the textbooks back once you are done with them. Fox 25 Consumer Watch also recommends using your campus library to see if you can check out a textbook for free. Schools often have a few textbooks in the library, but it is a first-come, first-serve situation.

From preschool to college, there is something everyone needs. Think clothing, backpacks, and basic supplies. Hollenbeck recommends making sure you have a good quality backpack, so you can use it more than one year.

“It is worth spending a little bit more to make sure those items are in great condition, however, items such as basic school supplies like pens, pencils, notebooks -- things like that you can -- spend a little bit less, and restock them every single year,” says Hollenbeck.

Stores like Target, Walmart, and Staples have discounted basic supplies starting at about one dollar or less.

Students can save now, and throughout the year, with student discounts. Hollenbeck says it never hurts to ask about student discounts. If you have your student ID, many places could give you a 10-percent discount just for asking.

Restaurants like Qdoba, Chipotle, and Chick-Fil-A offer a free drink with purchase if you have your student ID. On the tech side, you can also save 50 percent or more on computer software you might need for school -- with that student ID.

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