5 back-to-school items I refuse to buy this year

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar
Group of crayons and pens with retro filter effect

Is there anything that says “summer is basically over” quite like the arrival of next year’s school supply list? Since my children’s school follows a “modified, year-round” schedule, they head back to school today, August 2nd. This is a huge departure from when I was a child; back then, we had three full months of summer, as

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Money-smart tips for back-to-school shopping

By Danielle Braff •
Chicago Tribune

Retailers are pulling out every trick in the book to lure you in for back-to-school shopping. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the stores. The average family with a child in kindergarten through 12th grade is expected to spend about $674 on everything from pens to computers this year,

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