By Sheryl Nance-Nash, DealNews Contributing Writer
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.
There are 17 states with tax free weekends this year, mostly (but not entirely) for back-to-school shopping. We've made a list of when and where you can take advantage, and all the things that'll be eligible for savings.
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.
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.
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.
By Jeff Somogyi, DealNews Marketing Communications Manager
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?
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.
By Lindsay Sakraida, DealNews Director of Content Marketing
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.
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.
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.
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.