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School is just around the corner. The children may or may not be excited to return or begin school. It is such a milestone in their lives. The first day of kindergarten, the first day of high school or college. Special memories for the child and even more memories for the parent. My daughter is heading back to college this fall, and my son is beginning high school. With school returning, the children will need supplies, clothing, shoes and backpacks. Here are some ideas to find the items your child needs without breaking the bank.

Supplies: Most teachers have sent or will be sending you a list of supplies your child will need for the school year. Look this list over and buy some things here and there over the next month. In a previous column, I mentioned stores like Staples having weekly deals that brought the prices of some items down to only a few cents each. You can still find deals like these, and it is a wonderful way to stock up.

If there are items you think your child’s teacher can use, buy them as well. I know many teachers who buy supplies for families that cannot afford to. Teachers spend a lot of their own money making the classroom warm and inviting for our children. The least we can do is help them out with some supplies.

Clothing: All kids love new school clothes. And it gets more expensive the older they get. If your child is beginning preschool or kindergarten, don’t spend a lot on new clothes. They will come home covered in paint, messy and dirty. You don’t want the new clothes ruined.

If you are buying new clothing, right now you can find some great deals on summer clearance. Many short-sleeve shirts are on sale, which is what they will be wearing for the next few months. And as always, if you can estimate their size next summer, this is a great opportunity to stock up.

Shoes and backpacks: We have a pretty good selection of shoe stores around our region, so check and compare prices before you buy. Also, always check online, as you may be able to save money and have even more of a selection. Backpacks as well. Online has become a great source for parents to find things their children want or need for the school year.

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how they will benefit your family and your pocketbook. There are free giveaways during the class as well. I would really like you to join me for my next class at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Feel free to call 518-742-3309, or go to poststar.com/couponclass.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. These will point you in the right direction to saving more money. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section. Let’s start saving money together.

Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit her Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at www.poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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