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12 On Your Side: Saving money for back-to-school

Happy weekend, all people!

If you’re on social media a lot, you’ve in all probability seen greater than a pair first-day-of-school pics. For the primary time in 17 years, I don’t have any to share.

We’re adulting now!

For loads of kiddoes, it’s an thrilling time — meeting the instructor, driving the bus and choosing out the right backpack. For mother and father, it’s a spendy time.

We did slightly comparability procuring for college provides and located Walmart was the least costly for our little haul – with H-E-B and Target fairly shut. H-E-B received an A+ for having every thing in stock and simple to seek out.

It’s time to pack lunches, too – one thing some households haven’t performed in a few years. But now that the common free lunch program expired, it’s time to interrupt out the lunch field.  I had an opportunity to go to with Erin Chase, guru of grocery financial savings, to speak about find out how to save money when making the children’ lunches.  By the best way, Erin  imparted this little bit of PB&J knowledge.  If you set a skinny coat of peanut butter on each slices of bread, it retains the jelly from making the bread soggy.  Now, she tells me!

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If your youngsters want greater than a Big Chief and a quantity 2 pencil, we now have some laptop computer data from our companions at Consumer Reports.  Turns out you don’t have to spend so much to get a high quality laptop computer.

We’ve heard from loads of people about these CPS Energy payments.  The increased pure fuel costs and the new climate making your AC work tougher have pushed payments to OMG territory.  Since the town will get a portion of CPS Energy’s income, it’s getting a windfall. Now, they’re speaking about giving a few of it again to rate payers. That will quantity to about $30 off a later invoice. Stay tuned to see what occurs.

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By the best way, after my first excessive summer time invoice, I set my thermostat 2 levels hotter throughout the day. It paid off. My subsequent invoice, when it was simply as miserably sizzling exterior, was $40 much less.

Stay cool. Stay protected.

Marilyn

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