Gear up for back-to-school shopping during tax-free weekend

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) – The first day of school is just around the corner and that means it’s time to shop for school supplies.

A good time to start shopping is during Ohio’s tax-free weekend starting Friday, August 5th.

Almost everything costs more today than it did a year ago, which is why this year’s tax-free weekend is going to be extremely helpful for families doing their back-to-school shopping.

“Back to school is starting to pick up now,” said Russ Sporysz, the store manager of the Perrysburg Walmart. “Customers are trying to get a head start especially when they get that school supply list, and also looking to see if those items are going to be available for tax-free weekend so they can save a little bit more money.”

From Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th school supplies and instructional materials costing less than $20 per item will be

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Back-to-School shopping could cost $661 per child in 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Parents across the Oklahoma City metro have been out shopping in the final days before school begins, and many have been shocked by their receipts. Inflation for back-to-school shopping has hit an all-time high.

Deloitte released its 2022 back-to-school survey, indicating an 8% increase in prices this year from last. Clothing saw the biggest jump at 18%. School supplies went up by 7%.

Parents will spend an average of $661 per child this year.

Kristina Price will send her two daughters back to school in the coming days and she has already started to think of ways to cut costs.

“I’m trying to think about things that they used from prior years to now. A lot of things the teachers will communicate ‘we’ll use this again next year’,” said Price.

KFOR did some digging

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Community supports back-to-school shopping spree for kids in need in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove community held a special back-to-school shopping spree for kids in need on Saturday. One hundred students and volunteer chaperones took part to make sure kids don’t go without when they return to the classroom. “I think it’s really great that they did that for us,” said 10-year-old Zoey Jimenez, who added that the shopping spree will help her start fifth grade with confidence. “I got a lot of shirts and dresses, shorts and jeans.”Students from the Elk Grove Unified School District were each given $175 by the Optimist Club to buy anything they needed for school. Many chose the basics over high fashion. “A lot of these kids probably wouldn’t have new clothes they would have hand-me-downs or whatever and so now they are going to school with new clothes, and they can feel proud,” said John Shook, president of the Optimist Club. Young shoppers also got … Read more

SNAP benefits expanded to help with online grocery shopping

New grants, technology enhancements and partnerships are helping grocers and shoppers who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to get more access to more places for online grocery shopping.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened applications earlier this month for grants to an organization that will provide technology and systems support for new retailers to offer SNAP online shopping.

The recipient of the $5 million SNAP EBT Modernization Technical Assistance Center grant funded by the American Rescue Plan, will be announced this fall and go toward creating a more diverse set of grocery stores beyond the larger chains with established online shopping programs.

Stacy Dean, the agency’s deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, called online grocery shopping “a vital resource that improves access and convenience for all, including low-income families.” She added that this grant has the potential to “improve customer service for SNAP participants,

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What To Buy at Each Store, According to Shopping Experts

Target and Costco are both popular retailers with plenty of wonderful products lining their aisles. However, Costco requires an annual membership to gain the full shopping experience at its warehouses, whereas anyone can shop at Target for free.

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That said, it can be tempting to try to get the most out of your membership during your Costco runs, even though there are some items that you would be better off buying at Target. On the other hand, when shopping at Target, it might make sense to get all your essentials while in the store. However, you might be able to get a much better deal some of those essentials at Costco — even if you have to buy them in larger quantities.

To help you make the distinction between what you

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