50 Tips for Back-to-School Savings
Try websites such as Swap.com and Swapmamas to see if someone else has something your children need. The Freecycle Network claims to have 9 million members around the world interested in recycling goods. A quick search on Freecycle uncovered free plastic clothes hangers, language study books, and an office chair. All for free. Picking up all of these items could easily save a minimum of $100.
Students headed to college should treat applying for scholarships as job. Hunt for college scholarships online and get advice from the school guidance counselor. Schools have academic scholarships available, but many companies offer private scholarships. AAA, for example, offers $100 and $1,000 scholarships to college students who are former Safety Patrol members. In fact, there are many scholarships for students whose grades aren't top-notch.