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Stretch your dollar with back-to-school shopping

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — You can still get everything your child needs on this supply list and stay within your budget.

Assess what you have

Make a clean sweep. Go through your child’s closet and find out what still suits him. Gather all the pens, pencils, markers, pencils and notebooks from home. This way you only buy what they need.

Be thrifty

Maybe buy one outfit brand new and the rest used. Hit the thrift stores. Kids grow up so fast anyway. This way you save on new clothes.

Compare prices when shopping

“You want to budget before you start shopping to avoid those impulse purchases,” said Samantha Gordon of Consumer Reports. “Especially when you buy clothes. Compare prices while you shop. Having your phone in your pocket is a great way to do this. When shopping at a store, take it out and see what other stores are selling the same item for. »

Buy in bulk with other families

“Wholesale clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club can also be great resources, especially if you buy things like school lunches, notebooks and those kinds of supplies in bulk. You can team up with families to take it further and do it all and put together those big bulk purchases,” Gordon said.

Buy a refurbished laptop or tablet

“You can search for refurbished products for the products you want or previous model years. Be sure to look for this ‘Certified Refurbished’ to ensure you get a great product,” Gordon said.

Find a better deal afterwards? No problem

“A lot of retailers have this policy in place. It’s usually a two-week window after you’ve made a purchase. If the price drops, they’ll honor that sale price and refund you the difference. If they don’t don’t have a policy, it’s always worth asking,” Gordon said.

Make it a money lesson

Give your child a budget for a few items. Task them with finding the best deal and they can pocket what’s left as a reward.

space it out

Remember, kids, you don’t need the whole first day. Give your wallet some leeway. See what you can buy later.

Best Laptops

You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good quality laptop. A better option on a tight budget is a Chromebook. Chromebooks are generally less expensive than Mac and PC laptops. They are not the fastest computers on the market, but they will be suitable for everyday tasks such as web browsing, editing documents, completing school tasks and working.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a convertible laptop that can be folded up and used as a tablet.

The 14-inch HP Chromebook is even more cost-effective. CR says it’s a solid pick for people on the go because it’s lightweight and anti-reflective, making it perfect for use just about anywhere.

If you need something more powerful, for a little more, CR suggests the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 with a 12.4-inch touchscreen. It’s one of the fastest rankings in CR for things like web browsing and editing text documents.

There’s also the Acer Swift 3. It’s a CR Best Buy and gets top marks for portability, performance, and display. And it has an amazing battery life of over 23 hours.

If you’ve saved up or want to treat yourself to a shiny new Mac, CR recommends Apple’s 13-inch Macbook Air with the M1 processor. That’s right, the old model from Apple. But why not the brand new M2?

CR is currently testing the Macbook Air M2, and first impressions are that it’s not much faster than the MacBook Air M1. So it might be a good idea to get the M1 Air, save a little money and still get a really good Mac laptop.

According to Consumer Reports, August and September are among the best times to buy a computer because of sales. Don’t forget to check student discounts from your school, stores, or computer manufacturers when shopping.

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