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
"We have 5 kids—9, 8, 4, and 2-year-old twins. After shopping yard sales all spring and summer, we round out our back-to-school prep by going to Plato's Closet, a national chain that sells trendy, secondhand brand-name clothing in good condition for a lot less than retail. Thanks to our planning, we get most, if not all, their clothes for a fraction of what we'd spend buying new."