Back To School Bargains...What You Can Do To Save Money.

By KBJR News 1

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM CDT

Duluth, MN - (The Northland's News Center) - Summer is nearly over, which means parents will once again have to dig deep into their pockets for back to school supplies.

Even though buying supplies can be an expensive endeavor... shopping doesn't have to break the bank.

The National Retail Federation estimates that each household with school-aged kids will spend an average of 600-dollars to outfit their kids for the upcoming school year.

But, that doesn't have to be you.

"You're getting a great bang for our buck here. You're gonna be paying a fraction of the cost of what you'd find at other retail stores and say they start to, you know look for their back to school items and money is tight for everybody, times are tough right now. So it's great to try to find different ways to expand your dollar in every way you can," Public Relations Specialist for Goodwill in Duluth, Valerie Clark says.

However, not everyone has time to search for bargains.

"We just like to get it done and over with so personally I don't wait for the coupons or do strategic shopping, I suppose I should though," says mother of three, Kristen Momont.

By shopping at thrift stores...you can find killer deals... At Goodwill we found jeans starting at 2.99 ...and notebooks 5 for one dollar...a great way to cut down on costs.

Savers in Duluth says people are coming from all over the northland to take advantage of their low prices on clothes to outfit their kids for school.

By shopping thrift stores, parents are able to find great values on clothes, shoes, school supplies...all while potentially saving hundred of dollars.

"If the average family does spend 600-dollars on back to school shopping, you could get 10 times as much stuff by second hand shopping," Clark says.

Experts are predicting that back to school sales should tally around 68-billion dollars this year nationally.