6 ways to save money on school supplies

Here are some smart tips on how to save money while stocking up on back to school supplies.

Don't buy what you don't need
Don't buy what you don't need

Parents make this one mistake - a lot. Every year, many of them go shopping for supplies before first taking inventory of what they already have at home, said Jody Rohlena, senior editor of ShopSmart magazine.

"Don't buy what you don't need," said Rohlena. "Check in closets and drawers. You might find that you already have 5 unused notebooks and a big pack of pencils."

By Parija Kavilanz - Last updated August 04 2011: 4:48 PM ET
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