What's your best budget tip for shopping for back-to-school necessities like school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, labels and lunchboxes? Include a link to a photo if you have one!

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Shop your home before you go! Chances are you have some of the necessary supplies like pens, pencils, or notebooks left over from last year. Take inventory and then create a budget for the items you still need to buy.

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I'm shopping for four kids - 2 elementary and 2 middle-school - that adds up to a lot of pencils and paper. I always take the kids, not just so that they can pick out what color notebook to buy, but also - give them their own pile of stuff and money to pay for it to get in the check-out line. Often, the sales items are a limited quantity per person - let each kid buy their own allowed quantity.

Labels - I buy them cheap online, print them myself using Avery labels on the printer, or print them from my label maker. Sharpies are also great for those hard to label items.

http://slackermomof4.blogspot.com/2012/08/pack-your-bags-back-to-school.html

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I am a believr in one-stop shopping especially as the crowd grow & grow as school quickly approaches. Here's my opinion if shopping for school uniforms! I feel fortunate that my schools ask for one time supply fee, so I don't have to tackle the big box stores for them.

http://poshmom.blogspot.com/2012/08/uniforms-suit-my-kids.html

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