Back to school time is right around the corner. Will your child be back in the classroom or distance learning? Or maybe a hybrid of both? No matter what school looks like, back to school spending can add up quick. Total back to school spending is expected to be $529 per student for the 2020-2021 school year.*

COVID-19 has made this year hard for parents to plan what their children may need for the up and coming year. Usually most back to school spending is in the clothing and apparel category. While your child may still need new clothes, you may find you need to reallocate some of that money towards electronics if they will be doing distance learning.  

So how can you save on these things? You can make sure your child has what they need without breaking the bank. Here are some tips:
  1. Make a Budget – Decide how much you want to allocate this year. Next categorize it by line item: clothing, school supplies, electronics and other.
  2. Take Inventory – What do you have that is still usable? Are hand me downs and option?
  3. Do Your Research – When will the sales be? Do you get a discount for signing up for a retailer’s emails? Is there a tax holiday coming up? Look for coupons and clip them!
  4. Stick to the Teacher’s List – If your child’s teacher sends out a supply list, stick to it, there is no need to buy extras if you don’t need them, especially when you are looking to save.
  5. Compare Prices – If you are in need of a big-ticket item, like a computer or iPad, comparison shop. Just remember to do your research, don’t forgo quality for price, you may end up paying more in the long run.
  6. Earn Cash Back – Make sure to use your Free Kasasa Cash Back account when making purchases so you earn 3.00% cash back!1

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