Thursday, August 14, 2008
Smart Shopping: Back to School
When it comes to back to school, buying supplies can really add up. In tonight's Smart Shopping, Seven's Reed Cowan is showing us how to get ready for back-to-school without breaking the bank.
WSVN -- Backpacks, notebooks, calculators, new clothes, going back to school on a budget can really test your math skills.
Susan Zeitlin: "I have to know that they're running a sale, and that they're offering a very good deal."
The Zeitlin family says planning ahead is a must.
Susan Zeitlin: "I usually wait until I get the list, which is usually about two weeks before school starts."
The list helps mom Susan figure out what items she can keep from the last school year and what new items she needs to purchase.
Raquel Zeitlin: "Sometimes I keep my stuff from my previous years."
Jessica Zeitlin: "It's fun to be with her because she picks out cool stuff for me."
Doctor Michele Borba is teaming up with Office Depot to teach parents how to shop and save a bundle with their children.
Dr. Michele Borba: "One of the most important skills that you can teach your child this day and age is how to be a smart shopper and how to be financially responsible, and there's no better time than back to school."
She says to always set a budget with your kids before walking into a store and stick to it.
Dr. Michele Borba: "Tell them to chose the penny saver adds because what they can actually do is cut out a few items and paste it onto cards, so you have Smart Shopping at age 5."
Also, bulk up now, this way you'll have enough supplies to last the entire school year.
Dr. Michele Borba: "Stock up on the glue sticks that are going for a penny or the colored marker pens."
And it's worth the time to check out those fliers. Look for promotions and compare prices.
Susan Zeitlin: "I saw the other day they were running an ad for JCPenney for the same exact back pack for less money, and it's already discounted at Sports Authority."
Reed Cowan: "There are some items you want to spend more money on, like your child's backpack. It's sure to last all year if you look for a strong material, double stitching, warranty and the perfect size for your child's height. Also, don't forget about electronics. There might be new, tech savvy items on this year's shopping list.
Dr. Michele Borba: "What's new about MP4 players is that they actually record lectures."
Dr. Michele Borba: "This one is $99 versus the national one, which starts at $150."
The Zeitlin family has finished their back to school shopping and is now ready for school.
Jessica Zeitlin: "I like P.E., math and reading."
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