It's that time of year again. Time for back-to-school shopping.
But all those notebooks, calculators and clothes can put a pretty big dent in your bank account.
Naomi Quintero, of Phoenix, knows she's going to spend a lot of money going back-to-school shopping for her daughter and two boys.
"We're talking pens, colored pencils, crayons, notebooks, paper, Kleenex, wipes, sanitizer, everything," said Quintero. "It just keeps adding up, adding up, adding up and never stops."
Last year, the average U.S. family spent $635 on clothes, shoes, school supplies and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation.
Valley "Good Deals" expert Alicia Markham told CBS 5 News that you can save big bucks, if you just do your homework.
She said that places like Walmart, Target, Staples and OfficeMax, all have ad match, which means they will honor coupons from other stores.
"All of these ads are available online," said Markham. "If you don't get the paper, if you know what's on sale, you can do so well, and if you wait week to week, every week they have different deals. This week, sharpies are on sale for 25 cents. Next week something else will be 25 cents."
We want to make it easy for you so here are our Top 5 Back-to-School Savings Tips.
1) Watch for ads
You'll be amazed just how low some of these prices will go.
2) Think ahead
Take a look at the supplies your child will need two years from now and purchase the items when they're on sale.
3) Secondhand stores
Places like Plato's Closet in Glendale are great for finding good deals on kids' clothing.
4) Take inventory
Items like backpacks, rulers and pencil boxes don't necessarily need to be replaced each year.
5) Wait it out
A lot of items go on sale once school starts, so if your kid doesn't need something right away, wait for the markdown.
"If you put ads all together, if you use coupons, you can save a dollar an item," said Markham. "That could be $30 in savings and if you have two or three kids, that's almost 100 bucks. It adds up really quickly."
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