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6 tips for frugal back-to-school savings

A frugal back-to-school strategy
A frugal back-to-school strategy

Parents will spend almost $670 to get one child ready for school this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey.

Laura Rowley, author of the book "Money and Happiness," says some parents can do it for half that by sticking to a back-to-school savings strategy and being proactive with sales and wardrobe recycling.

Bankrate asked savings professionals from around the country to weigh in on how best to achieve back-to-school savings this buying season. This is what they said.

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