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Back to School Supplies: Tech Items

RALEIGH, NC – One-third of families plan to cut back on spending to help cover the cost of their children’s back-to-school items, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

What you need to know

  • Electronics are the No. 1 item parents will spend money on to get kids ready for back-to-school this year
  • Technology expert Jennifer Jolly says that starting in fifth grade, laptops and smartphones are the best electronics for students.
  • One way to help keep costs down is to use the Paypal Honey desktop browser extension to find coupons, Jolly says.

Experts say the No. 1 item parents will splurge on for back-to-school is electronics.

Technology expert and columnist Jennifer Jolly says laptops and smartphones are the most important electronics for students starting around fifth grade.

He says Vaio laptops are affordable items sold online and in national retail outlets.

Jolly also recommends a coupon finder program that she says has saved her hundreds of dollars.

“The easiest way to make sure you’re paying the lowest prices across the board is to install the Paypal Honey desktop browser. This is an online shopping tool that automatically discovers coupons at your favorite stores Jolly said.

You can find the desktop browser extension at


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