LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - These days, shopping on a budget is the name of game. Becky Homes is checking and re-checking her kids' supply list.
"It's pretty easy this year," said Homes. "There's a lot less stuff than it has been. Last year, I think we spent, like $120 by the time we did both class school supplies and back packs and everything so it's going to be less this year."
For Becky and her two sons, it wasn't just a Target shopping spree.
"My second grader needs eight glue sticks, which is kind of crazy, but they do a lot of cutting and pasting in elementary school," said Homes. "They usually send the stuff home that they don't use."
Bramlette Elementary first grade teacher, Sue Webster, says when it comes to supplies, her school makes sure kids don't go without.
"Just buy what you can afford and if you can't but everything on the list, don't feel bad," said Webster. "Don't feel guilty."
One tip: Try shopping online and look out for coupons. On Couponcabin.com you can conveniently shop at your student's favorite stores and save.
Shopping clearance racks is another tip on saving money. Instead of paying full price, you can save up to 70%.
Hallsville teacher, Judy Covey, is a veteran back to school shopper.
"Now is when you need to buy because crayons are a quarter at certain places,' said Covey. "Also, you can find things now. As it gets on in the year, it's hard to find things. Store brands will save you instead of name brands."
Price matching also saves. Stores like Target will match prices on items sold at other stores. All you have to do is bring in the competitor's ad. It saves you time, and more important, saves you money. Here's one last tip. If you shop during the tax free weekend, you can save even more money. That begins August 21st.