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Bargain shopping for back to school supplies

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It's time to purchase school supplies and new clothing for a new school year, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank.

In this school smarts report, Fox 41's Lindsay Allen hit the stores with a bargain shopping expert who claims she can keep loads of cash in your pocket-- and save you time.

List? Check.

Computer? Check.

Sale papers? Check.

Self Proclaimed bargain shopper Kathy Langnehs is ready to find the deals.

She starts by logging on to websites like the www.GroceryGame.com .

Langnehs always stays aware of unadvertised deals. But she also hits a stack of sale papers, but only clips coupons and ads with her school list nearby.

She suggests working smart. "As opposed to spending two hours on a Sunday afternoon clipping every coupon in the insert, you might not need all those coupons," she says.

Langneh's first tip? Don't be fooled. Do the math!

For example, she says "a two pack of glue sticks is a quarter. But a six pack is a dollar.  When you add up the savings, you're going to get six of them for 75 cents."

The second tip? Stock up now , and save later.

"If I buy extra notebooks now at 15 cents a pop, I'm not going to be having to pay $1.50, when prices go back up," she explains.

Tip three: There's no shame in re-using.

Pencil boxes from last year are totally fine.

She also says, if you're trying to save, don't wait till the day before school starts.  Do your shopping over a couple of weeks.

She points to in-store deals like one she found at Meijer. On our shopping trip, the store was offering a free package of socks, you buy four boxes of cereal.  That's what Langnehs calls finding money at the store.

The real proof comes at the register.  The grand total for two bags of things is $1.74 out of pocket!  That's a savings of about 75%.  Not too shabby.

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