Getting ready to go back to school can be costly for all families, but especially military families who might have to pick up and move at a moment's notice. School supplies including new clothes, notebooks and calculators can rack up a hefty bill if you don't actively work to keep costs reasonable.
As found by the First Command Financial Behaviors Index, there are 10 major ways military families will cut back-to-school costs for the upcoming school year:
In addition to these money-saving techniques, military children can also receive the school supplies they need through Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade, during which Operation Homefront partners with Dollar Tree to gather donations and provide backpacks full of supplies for military children. The program raised more than $2 million in school supplies in 2011 and gave 33,000 backpacks to military kids.
Here are other practical tips for saving money as you shop for school supplies this fall:
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