Between books, clothing, supplies, and other gear, the start of a new academic year can be hard on your wallet. To find new ways to keep costs down, we checked in with moms on Momster.com, our social network, to get their best money-saving tips.
Compiled by the editors of Family Circle
"During the weeks leading up to the first day of school, I start checking all the Sunday inserts from Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, and Target. The stores have specials at different times, so I note down on a piece of paper what I need, which store has the deal, and when. I also clip and collect coupons in an envelope. It's tedious but in the end the extra effort saves us loads of money."