Queen of free: School yourself on how to save

I don’t want to admit it anymore than you do, but summer is speeding to a rapid close. And if you needed any further proof of the fact the days are flying by, head to your local big box store where you’ll find aisles being assembled filled with pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, backpacks and binders.

Yes, before we know it, kids all across the U.S. will be rising in the early morning hours, trading their lazy summer days for rides on the bus, freshly painted classrooms and teachers who are excited to aid them in another year of academic success.

And yet as a parent, you may already have a wee bit of dread in your heart. The “unexpected” yearly back-to-school expenses pile up quickly. How do you keep from going crazy, or worse, bouncing a check with your school but still have your student well prepared for the new year?

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