Tips for Back to School Shopping and Saving

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Former Anchor and couponing expert Melanie Bloom stopped by First News Nebraska to kick off our Back to School coverage.

Leading up to the start of the school year, we'll check in with different experts -- to learn how to save money, how to take advantage of phone apps, how to ease anxiety, and more.

When it comes to back to school shopping and saving, Melanie has some tips.

TIP ONE: STOCK UP

Look for snack, lunch items and breakfast foods that don't go bad. Stores are offering great deals on these food items -- so stock up. Some deals you might look out for are snack packs, breakfast cereal and peanut butter.

TIP TWO: DON'T STRESS ABOUT SCHOOL SUPPLIES

In Nebraska, public schools supply everything that is needed for learning. If you enjoy back to school shopping, schools will accept donations. Look for deals on glue sticks, crayons, notebooks and folders.

TIP THREE: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HOME GOODS DEALS

Students going off to college need fresh towels and sheets. Many stores offer incentives and sales on home items. You can even take advantage of the deals for your own home if you need new towels or sheets.

Overall, Melanie recommends being a "seasonal shopper." Plan out the year and look for things that are on sale. You can pair those sales with coupons -- check the newspaper or Melanie's website, Fiscal Family.