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Make the grade by saving on back-to-school shopping

Farnoosh Torabi

Farnoosh Torabi

Whether you attend P.S. 29 or Dalton School, your back-to-school shopping list is likely long and pricey. In fact, average spending on K-12 back-to-school items is expected to top $600 this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Here are a few ways New Yorkers can save:

Find deals before you leave home is a website that helps you find nearly any product at thousands of NYC stores. Save time and money by ensuring that what you need is actually in the store you’re headed to.

Check return policies
In the back-to-school frenzy, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Best to shop where you can easily make returns.

Use your student or teacher ID
These IDs can help you earn instant savings, usually about 15% off. Retailers such as J.Crew and Apple offer student discounts. Teachers also can save at Loft, Banana Republic, J.Crew and the Limited.

Buy refurbished computers
Most computer companies sell “refurbished” or “lightly used” inventory at a 10% discount. It’s better than buying used equipment from an individual because refurbished goods often retain their manufacturer’s warranty.

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, TV personality and best-selling author of “Psych Yourself Rich.” Follow her at and at Twitter/Farnoosh.


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