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Best Back to School Deals: BOGO for $1 Shoes at Kmart

Whether school has been in session for a couple of weeks, or you're just gearing up for the new year to begin, stock up on last-minute essentials with the week's best school supply deals. Score affordable notebooks, BOGO $1 shoes, and more.

3 Steps to Save on School (and Work) Lunches

With school lunches typically only costing $2 to $3, is there really a way to save? You bet! We'll show you how to make your kid's school lunches without spending too much time or money — and maybe you'll save on your own lunch as well.

9 Essential Tips to Save on Higher Education

College and grad school are unavoidably expensive, but there are ways to lessen the burden. From maximizing your financial aid to seeking out underutilized scholarships, these are the best ways to save on an education.

When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2016?

Tax-free weekends are finally here! These prime shopping days are great for back-to-school gear, but also so much more. Here, we've rounded up a list of the 17 states celebrating and all the items eligible for serious savings.

These Are the Dos and Don'ts of Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school season is an expensive time of year for parents. From detailed budgets to spending on quality, here are 14 dos and don'ts to help you make the most of your back-to-school budget this year.

6 Back-to-School Items You Should Wait to Buy

Last year, the average family with children in grades K-12 planned to spend about $630 on back-to-school shopping. If you're looking to save money on the annual ritual, wait to buy these six back-to-school items until after school starts.

4 Things People Without Kids Should Buy During Back-to-School Sales

If you think back-to-school sales are only for parents, you might be missing out on some good deals. Here are four great back-to-school buys that people without kids should consider.

These 2 Stores Make Back-to-School Shopping a Breeze

Back-to-school season is nearly upon us. Whether you're looking for school supplies, new outfits, or both, we found the top stores to make your back-to-school shopping easier.

Families Will Actually Spend LESS on Back-to-School Shopping This Year

Back-to-School shopping can be a confusing frenzy of spending. Do you really have to get the biggest box of crayons available? We look at what's more expensive this year, and how your spending compares to the rest of the country.

Your Frugality Final Exam: 6 Ways to Save on Higher Education

College keeps getting more expensive every year. We look into tuition-free schools, alternative scholarships, and more ways to save.

How to Save on Back-to-School Clothes, Supplies, Backpacks, and More

Whether you're on the hunt for pretty pens, trend-setting apparel, or a shiny new laptop to get school-ready, we're here to help you navigate the best of the back-to-school sales by looking back at the cream of the crop of last year's offerings.

Did Apple Quietly Cancel Its Annual Back-to-School Sale?

Apple's back-to-school sale has been around for over a decade, and it typically debuts in June or early July. But the sale has yet to make an appearance so far this year. Does this signal the end of Apple's annual summer sale?

Most College Students Shouldn't Spend More Than $500 on a Laptop

Opting for a laptop with all of today's bells and whistles can quickly push your back-to-school purchase into the $800+ price range, but does the average student really need so many features? We look at which students might have heavier needs, and which can be satisfied with most mainstream laptops.

Families Will Spend More Money on Back-to-School Season This Year

Here we present the latest forecasts and fun facts associated with the back-to-school season, offering a look at how households will spend this year. So sharpen those pencils, sit up straight in your chairs, and study up. There will be a quiz immediately following this lesson.

Video Review: Is a Ziploc Bag as Good as a Waterproof Case for Your Gadget?

The beach. Water parks. The toilet. These are all places where your beloved iPhone can find itself taking a nasty, warranty-voiding bath. Several items on the market purport to keep your gadgets dry in these situations, but how well do they really work? And do you have to spend a lot to get acceptable water protection?

Don't Fall for Back-to-School Deals on the iPhone or iPad

To get consumers to notice their back-to-school deals, retailers are discounting big-ticket items, such as the Apple iPhone and iPad Air. But Apple is slated to refresh its iPhone and iPad line of devices as early as September, meaning that an Apple bundle that might have caught your eye may not be as good a deal as you originally thought.

Everything You Need to Shop Back-to-School Sales and Save for College

College tuition continues to increase, which makes saving on the little things — like laptops and clothing — all the more important. Check out all our back-to-school guides for expert guidance on how to save.

How to Save Money on Back-to-School Clothes

Everyone knows that gearing up for a new school year means buying copious amounts of paper and pencils, but the best part about going back is the chance to re-stock a student's wardrobe! Whether you're a parent or a student, we're here to help you find the best sales on back-to-school clothes.

Back to School Factoids: Kids Will Spend $4.2 Billion on Supplies?!

For some students, the school year just ended. It doesn't matter, because it's already time to think about going back! Back to school means spending a lot of money on supplies, clothes, and whatnot. How much? Find out in our latest infographic!

What to Expect from 2012 Labor Day Sales

For most Americans, Labor Day means the end of summer, but the first Monday in September also means big savings for bargain hunters. And even though Labor Day isn't considered a consumer holiday, retailers don't tend to miss any opportunity to offer sales. And Labor Day 2012 is no exception.

Make the Most of Final Back to School Shopping with Some Clever Couponing

There are certain back to school items, like inexpensive supplies, that you may be inclined to buy in store rather than online. But just because you're stepping away from your computer doesn't mean you can't still be a budget savvy shopper. Here are some couponing tips for saving the most in-store during back to school shopping.

10 Reasons Not to Buy an iPad Instead of a Laptop for a College Student

If you're a parent of a college-bound kid, you're probably preparing to ship your offspring to university with the tools they need for a proper education. But we advise that their supplies don't include an iPad. Here's why.

Back to School Sales Guide: When to Buy Dorm Room Goods, Clothes, more

Retailers may already be rolling out back to school sales, but that doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy your supplies immediately. We analyzed our archives to see what kind of deals you can expect to find on select campus essentials in the coming weeks, as well as when you should buy them.

The Kids Are Back at School... Now Green Their Supplies With These 6 Tips

The kids have already started school, and the next major shopping holiday on your radar is, probably, Black Friday. But there's still time to focus on other worthy shopping goals — like rethinking your child's knapsack. Everything a kid touches has a short life span, so it makes sense here, more so than in any other area of your life, to focus on being eco-friendly. Green Dad Lou Carlozo has six tips to bring savings and the environment together under one schoolhouse roof.

Get the Best Back-to-School Furniture Deals for Your College-Bound Kid

College students are perpetually strapped for cash, but that doesn't mean your kids need to become schooled in Dumpster Diving 101 just to furnish their apartment. We've rounded up some of the best budget-friendly furniture deals from our site to keep them comfortable in their campus abodes.