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Parents, students taking advantage of back to school deals

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It's the time of year most kids dread, back to school.

Most districts still have more than month before the bells ring and classes start but it might be time to think about getting school supplies.

Mid-summer deals could cut a big chunk out of your back to class costs.

Lisa North is on the hunt for back to school bargains. Even with a month and a half until her kids are back in school she's taking advantage of mid-summer deals and steals.

“It's important to save money, we are a one income family so saving money for my family is the best part,” North said.

North said she thinks she gets the best deals while shopping early, then she doesn’t have to worry about it later.

She said having a plan and knowing what you need will help you get the best savings. She also compares when she shops and said a lot of stores will price match. Plus, getting everything in one fell swoop saves you on travel expenses.

“So you're are saving money there and you’re are saving on gas,” she said.

July is a good month for back to school shopping, while stores try to clear shelves for new school merchandise.

Time Magazine reports this is the time to buy things like pencils, glue sticks, notebooks and paper.

Stores assume you'll do your shopping all at once, so if you come to buy those you'll pay for more expensive supplies, too.

The magazine also said the best time to shop for laptops and computers is actually in August, as retailers ramp up competition for your money.

September is best for everything else, as that's when stores drop prices on everything to sell product rather than ship it for storage.

However, according to financial website Money Crashers, the best way to save on school supplies starts before you even go to the store.

They say to do a quick closet and supply sweep because you probably have more than you realize.

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