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Going back to school is expensive. Between a new back to school wardrobe and a laundry list of school supplies, this time of year can be quite costly. Spending a little time doing research can save you time and money in the long run. Here are a few tips to help you save!

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This website is a bargain hunter’s best friend. It contains a master list of all the school supply prices at Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree and more. It is updated once a week, and the site even contains coupons you can use at the listed stores! Check out the list at PennyPinchinMom.com.

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While it is tempting to open a store card to get the initial promotional discount, make sure to really consider the details. Store cards typically have high interest rates, so while you may initially save money, you will be hit with an interest charge if you don’t pay it off right away.

Smart Tip: Don’t overspend! Set up budgets for the different categories of expenses and automatically track purchases through Smart Financial's online banking.

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Thanks to price matching you may not have to go to 10 different stores to get all the best deals. Many stores will price match a competitor to stay competitive. This is an overlooked easy way to save money! Before you head out, see what stores will allow you to price match. Check out this site for a list of 17 retailers that price match.