Consumer Watch: Saving on School Supplies

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Summer is just about over and that means it's time for school.

For parents and kids alike, that also means back-to-school shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation, a parent with one child in school will spend an average of just over $600.

If you're trying to save, experts say separate the needs from the wants and how much money you have to spend.

Big box stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Office Depot are competing to have the lowest prices. Find out what your kids need and do an online search to see who has it for less.

If you're looking to save even more, Georgia's no-sales-tax holiday is August 10 and 11.

Alabama's tax-free holiday for school supplies starts August 3 and ends August 5.

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