By Jihan Thompson, REDBOOK
By now, you've received school supply lists from your child's teacher with everything from color markers to pricey calculators. And expenses can creep up fast outside the classroom--a clarinet for the school band or a tutor for algebra. So we asked Jeanette Pavini, household savings expert for coupons.com, how to keep costs down.
1. Use last year's model. Many schools will list the latest and greatest editions of electronics, like calculators. "I couldn't believe the calculator my son needed cost $150! Sometimes there really aren't any technical differences from an older model except for some cosmetic changes," says Pavini. "If it functions the same, ask the teacher if you can get last year's model since it'll most likely be cheaper."
2. Don't pay a premium for tutoring. If you think your child may need extra help this year, reach out to a local junior college to find a studentRead More »from 4 Ways to Save on Back-to-School Stuff