Tis the season...another shopping occasion is before us.  Kids are headed back-to-school in less than 2 weeks.  So that means the parents are hitting the stores to get all the necessities needed for their children to have the most successful year possible.  

From clothes, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and everything in between...parents are making 3 HUGE expensive mistakes when it comes to getting everything needed.   According to Moneyish:

1. You shop too early

Roughly 60% of shoppers hit the stores for their back-to-school shopping before August; they spend an average of $532 on their K-12 kids, according to Deloitte. Meanwhile, those that shop in August or later spend just $458.

2. You avoid the office supply stores

Less than one in three parents plan to shop at office supply stores like OfficeMax, Staples and Office Depot for school supplies, according to the National Retail Federation. That could be a big mistake, notes Perez: “Shoppers assume stores like Staples and Office Depot can’t compete with prices offered by Target, Walmart and even dollar stores. However, back-to-school is the season for office supply stores and they don’t disappoint on the deals.”

3. You don't join forces

We all know that buying in bulk at places like Costco and Sam’s can save a ton of money — and yet most Americans — the average family only has about two kids — don’t need bulk buys of school supplies. That’s why you should get together with other parents from your child’s grade to buy supplies in bulk – all the kids have the same supplies list after all, and this can really help parents save..

Happy shopping!  Get ready for Christmas...that's right around the corner.