You don't have to break the bank when sending your child back to school if you follow a few rules of thumb shared by the Better Business Bureau.  These are suggestions that can trim the fat from your budget, when buying clothes, supplies, or necessities.  Whether you shop at local retail stores, or pull from the drawers or closets at home, the main theme is to set a budget and stick to it.

Investigator Bill Smith says many of the items you need may already be laying around the house.

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According to the National Retail Federation, parents will be shopping carefully and making special efforts to save on supplies this school year.  31% of families say they will do comparative shopping online, will use more coupons, and cut back on extracurricular activities or sports.

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