The back-to-school shopping season is second only to the holidays in terms of consumer spending. Parents are expected to collectively shell out an astounding $83 billion this year, up considerably from last year’s back-to-school season. Retailers are predicting parents will spend 10 percent more on school supplies alone than they did last year. The average family will spend $688 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Technology to the rescue ...
Red Laser – Scan. Compare. Save! This handy app lets you scan barcodes using your device’s camera, then uses the barcode information to hunt down the best prices on that item, both locally and online. You can also search by voice or image. As an added bonus, this app has a feature that alerts you of potential food allergens when you scan a food product.
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows
CampusBooks – This money-saving app will scour the Internet to bring you the best price on new, used, rental and digital textbooks. It will also help you determine who is offering the highest price when it comes time to sell your books back. Use your device’s camera to scan the barcode for fast retrieval of information.
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android
Graphing Calculator – Your high school student will eventually need a graphing calculator for math classes. Save yourself $85 by downloading this free app, which turns your i-device into a basic graphing calculator and expanded scientific calculator. The app gives you the ability to graph multiple equations, and has a function that e-mails results.
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
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