9 Ways to Stretch Your Back-to-School Budget

Some great practical ideas to save money on supplies.

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Shopping for all the things you need to get back to school—books, supplies, clothes, and more—can put a serious dent in your budget. For the 2013-2014 school year, educators spent an average of $513 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials and other work-related purchases, says Marci Hansen, CMO for SheerID, a company that verifies teacher and faculty credentials. The finding came from last year’s survey of teachers, in partnership with Agile Education Marketing.

It pays to look for deals, coupons, special offers and tools that help you trim the cost of shopping a little—or a lot.

Here are nine tips from NEA Member Benefits. to get you back to school without blowing your budget.

1. Shop educator-specific sites

“As educators work tirelessly to prepare students to become career and college ready, the last thing they should have to worry about is whether they can afford the learning materials that are vital…

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