Queen of free: Plan your budget for back to school

No one wants to admit it, but it’s that time of the year again.

Aisles of backpacks and lunch boxes, crayons and pencils are popping up in the superstores. The office supply stores have launched into their weekly sale cycles that include items for as little as a penny.

Whether you want to contemplate how quickly the summer has passed or not, in three very short weeks, many students and teachers will head back to the classroom. If you’re not intentional with your time and money, you can easily overpay for all of the needs your kids have, from clothes and shoes to folders and protractors.

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