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8 Tips to Save Time and Money this Back-to-School Season

From Shopping Expert Michelle Madhok

The frenzied back-to-school shopping season is upon us, and more than ever, it’s evident that parents want a new and thriftier approach to purchasing their child’s back-to-school needs for the upcoming school year! It’s more than just thriftier, Moms want to save hours, dollars and the headaches of visiting multiple stores and waiting in long lines.

Here are some top tips for saving time and money from online shopping expert Michelle Madhok. Previously featured on The TODAY Show, Martha Stewart, MSNBC, Rachael Ray and Fox & Friends, Michelle is a well-known expert who can help parents get through this year’s back-to-school shopping with flying colors!

Back to School Savings

Back to School Savings

1. Shop online. Only. Avoid the back-to-school mayhem entirely. Carve out time with each child to cyber shop, saving contents of shopping carts until all the kids are done!
2. Sign-up for Price Alerts – Sites exist where you can sign-up to be notified when an item is marked down
3. Earn cash back on purchases – Take advantage of websites like shopping websites that allow you to earn up to 20% cash back on online purchases
4. Don’t pay for shipping – Join a service like ShopRunner that will give you fast, FREE shipping!
5. Shop from the bottom up – Hit view all and then shop from the bottom up of the sale page. Everyone else will be shopping top down so things sell-out more quickly at the top of the page.
6. Make a list – List out who you need to buy for on an organizing site like and check-off when you score something for them
7. Know the and return policies – Many items may be FINAL SALE, and are nonrefundable
8. Skip the sales tax – Get big savings when you combine a sale and a coupon with a state-tax holiday. Sixteen states have tax holidays this year. 

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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