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Building a Back-to-School Budget

By Nat Sillin Back-to-school spending has gone far beyond the last minute, discount-store rush for pens, pencils and paper that many of us remember as kids. But it often still starts with traditional expenses like clothes, shoes, school supplies and books – and the added latest digital technology. In 2014, Forbes reported that Accenture estimated that nearly half of respondents reported they would spend $500 or more on back-to-school expenses. …Read More

Stretching The Dollar While Back-To-School Shopping

By Drew Kessler Back-to-school time can be bittersweet for parents and kids alike. For kids it means an end to the care-free days of summer. And for parents it means an expensive annual tradition. But back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. By planning ahead, there are plenty of ways to be a smart shopper and save. The NFCC suggests the following tips for parents as they kick-off back-to-school …Read More

NFCC Poll Reveals When Consumers Prefer to Shop for School Supplies

By Bruce McClary   Based on the results of a July NFCC Financial Literacy Online poll, the calendar doesn’t have much of an influence on the majority of shoppers who are looking for the best deals on school supplies. A substantial majority (69%) stated that it is best to shop throughout the year, whenever there is a sale. Getting children ready to start the school year is an expensive proposition for most …Read More

Don’t Let Back-to-School TasksSneak Up On You

By Jason Alderman Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools, and of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies. If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher …Read More

Stretching The Dollar
While Back-To-School Shopping

By Gail Cunningham Back-to-school time can be bittersweet for parents and kids alike. For kids it means an end to the care-free days of summer. For parents it means an expensive annual tradition. But back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. By planning ahead, there are plenty of ways to be a smart shopper and save. The NFCC suggests the following tips for parents as they kick-off back-to-school shopping. Begin with …Read More

How To Save on Back-to-School Shopping

By Jason Alderman On the fun-o-meter, I’d probably rank back-to-school shopping right above getting a flu shot and preparing income taxes. Never mind the hassle of figuring out what our kids need for the coming school year and dragging them to the mall, it’s just so expensive year after year.   For example, our son insists that we replace his baseball glove and bat as he enters 7th grade. (He’s …Read More

Financial Tips for College Freshmen

By Gail Cunningham For incoming freshmen college often means one thing: freedom. That freedom can come in the form of no curfew, no set study time, or no one looking over your shoulder as you spend money. Such freedoms can be part of a positive growth experience, or create negative situations which take years to recover from.  Last year more than 60,000 young adults under the age of 24 came to …Read More

Back to School Already?

By Jana Castanon It seems that the summer just started and here you are getting ready to send your kiddos back to school. The stores have cleverly arranged their displays to entice your children to shop to their hearts’ content while the advertisers are making sure that they lure your children towards what are probably the most expensive products. Companies are sending messages to your kids that in order to be “cool” they …Read More

Keep the Stress
Out of Back to School Shopping

By Sara Gilbert Temperatures are still high and summer activities are still the norm.  Is it possible that the kids will be back in school before we know it? The ads and inserts in the paper are usually my first reminders that  back to school shopping and fall are just around the corner. This can be an expensive month for parents, but a little planning before the shopping might help you avoid …Read More

Back to School Already?

 By Jana Castanon – NEW BLOGGER! It seems that the summer just started and here you are getting ready to send your kiddos back to school.  The stores have cleverly arranged their displays to entice your children to shop to their hearts’ content while the advertisers are making sure that they lure your children towards what are probably the most expensive products.  Companies are sending messages to your kids that, …Read More