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7 Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

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

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Barter with Other Mothers

"If you have a moms' group in your area, organize a clothing swap party where people can exchange items for free. Select a time, date, and venue, such as someone's house for a small group or a park if you're inviting lots of people. Ask everyone to show up with their kids' gently used garments. The general rule is 'bring four items, get four items,' but your group can trade more or less."
—sgtjohns2

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