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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:00 am

During back to school shopping season, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. From commercials to coupons to mailers, there’s an overload of information about where the deals are for all the stuff your kids need this school year.

Take steps to simplify the experience and avoid those headaches that occur when you realize you’ve forgotten those things your kids need most.

Make a List

Figure out exactly what you need and want before leaving home. A checklist can help you map out a game plan, stick to a budget and stay organized.

Conduct a little fashion show with the kids at home before heading to the stores, to see what still fits and is in good condition, and what’s too small and worn out for the new school year.

Utilize Technology

Most of us don’t have the means to hire a personal shopper, but new technology can replicate the benefits of this luxury. Zero in on just what you want with an online and mobile “shopping companion” that can deliver personalized, timely and relevant product information and deals based on your interests and location.

Compromise

Remember, you’re not the one who is going to be wearing all those new clothes. And let’s be honest, kids can be picky. So even if that pink flowered skirt seems like a great deal, if your daughter refuses to wear it, you have thrown your time and money down the drain.

Being a good listener and respecting your child’s preferences can help you avoid closet duds. By picking out things together, you can ensure everything is in line with your budget and your child’s taste.

Don’t shop ‘til you drop. By preparing ahead and using new tools, you can make shopping more pleasant and more effective.

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