It may seem like school just got out but with stores starting to have sales on school supplies it may be the perfect time to start looking for items before they get picked over.

Another reason to start shopping now is that you can spread the expenses over the next couple of months instead of a large bill before school starts. By sitting down and making a list of items you need, you can look for sale prices and stock up on items when you find them on sale.

Here is a Pinterest board I compiled with back to school ideas.

For some items you may be able to save money by shopping at Thrift stores. Many times kids outgrow items so quick that they are almost brand new when they are donated. In most cases , no one will know they were purchased second hand

In the Fargo/Moorhead area United Way is having their annual School Supply Drive. Donations of supplies or money are being collected thru August 1. Distribution dates are August 9 and 12. There is more information on supplies needed, volunteer information and distribution information at the link above.

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