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One might say Katie McDonald has laser vision when it comes to looking for the best back-to-school deals.  

"If I see something that's a little more expensive, I might wait a few days and see if it goes on clearance." said McDonald.

The Fayette mom has already bought a few items, but not everything has been checked off her lengthy list. 

McDonald said when shopping for back-to-school supplies for her 4-year-old daughter, she's thrifty.  She scours coupon books and internet sites for the best deals. 

"There's a website called IHeartTheMart.com. And i'll check it out. And they post deals like two for ones and you can use this coupon on this item," said McDonald.  


On average, Americans spend more than $600 on back-to-school shopping.  Experts say you can save on the cost of supplies if you plan your shopping ahead of time and strike when the deals are at their best. 


The owner of birdperks.com, a website used to find discounts, said shoppers can other find coupon codes for 30 to 40 percent off an entire purchase. The savings quickly add up. 

"If Kohls is your favorite store, you can go directly to Khols and look at all of our coupons," said Delia Herring, owner of website. "You can go to Paxcon and look at all of our coupons, so you don't have to scour through the weekly ads or scour through the consignment stores to find that one item." 

UAB business instructor, Elizabeth Turnbull, suggests that families consider setting a budget before going shopping. Calculate how much school supplies will cost and remain within the amount of money your family has allocated. 

"If you're a family that doesn't have a lot of extra income to play with, then you really need to take the time in order to save that money for other things. But if you are a family that really has extra money, maybe you really weigh out how much time you want to put into this, said Turnbull.

McDonald admits buying school supplies for a little girl is a delicate balancing act.  She says go cheap where you can and spend money where necessary. 

Although McDonald has only saved $8 to date, she's proud of what she has accomplished thus far. 

 "Eight dollars may not seem like a lot but when you have two and three kids, $8 dollars is a lot," said McDonald. 

 

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