Last minute shoppers may have advantage on back-to-school deals

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With a Nerdwallet survey showing parents more than willing to splurge on back-to-school shopping this year, retailers are happy… but might be willing to bargain soon.

“Mid-to-late August, even early September, you still are going to find really good deals,” said Sara Skirboll with Retailmenot.

Skirboll says that’s expected to be the case where most back-to-school shopping actually occurs, in-store as opposed to online.

“If you’re looking for the best deals on school supplies I always recommend checking out big box stores or going to school supply meccas,” said Skirboll. “Think Office Depot, Office Max.”

Consider buying in bulk, she says. Parents should consider going in with a group of parents who have to purchase the same items for their children.

“The thing is if you go to a big box store and you buy a pack of 5 a pack or 10, you can split the bill down the middle and save a little bit of extra cash,” Skirboll said.

Nerdwallet has another suggestion to save: instead of buying brand new devices, like laptops and computers, buy refurbished ones.

They can serve your child just as well, as a new school year begins.

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