How to get an “A” on Back-to-School Shoppingby Nick LaFleur on Aug. 22, 2012, under alert, Tips
Class is back in session and Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is teaching parents about smart back-to-school shopping.
According to the National Retail Federation, K-12 back-to-school spending in the United States is expected to top $30 billion in 2012, and more than one-quarter of parents admit that they have not even started shopping yet. It is likely that there will be a steep increase in trips to the mall over the coming weeks.
Learn BBB’s ABC’s of back-to-school shopping:
Assess needs. Take an inventory of what children already have and what is still needed; reuse items if possible.
Budget. Make a shopping list and stick to it; avoid impulse purchases and place “needs” over “wants.” Shop sale items and look for coupons in newspapers and online. Keep an eye out for “loss leaders”—deals that stores offer at a loss to draw customers.
Check grades. Visit bbb.org to find BBB Business Reviews on reliable local retailers.
With seven out of ten tablet owners making purchases on-the-go and two in ten smartphone owners following suit, mobile security is extremely important. Read BBB’s tips on smartphone shopping at bbb.org/us/bbb-news/smartphone.