AAA Offers Shopping Tips for School Items

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has offered the following tips for those shopping for back to school items:

  • Shop at home - Once you create your back-to-school shopping list, take an at-home inventory. School lists often carry over items from the previous year, so make sure you aren’t buying things you already own.
  • Spread out shopping - The majority of Florida parents (73 percent) begin their back-to-school shopping one to four weeks before school starts. Sometimes you will find better deals if you spread out shopping and begin earlier or wait until school starts. For instance, often times retail stores will have deep discounts on clothing in the fall in order to make room for winter inventory.
  • Shop online - Before you buy, pull out your phone. Sometimes you can find a better deal for the item online or at another store. The majority of parents (50 percent) will use smart phones or tablets to compare products and prices and about one-third (31 percent) will use it to make a purchase.
  • Shop tax free - In Florida, there are back-to-school tax-free holiday, usually in early August. Parents can skip some of the taxes on clothing and school supplies.
  • Use membership savings - Membership organizations like AAA offer instant discounts and rewards at a variety of retailers. Check savings on back-to-school items.