TULSA - The back-to-school shopping season begins in earnest August 2-4 with Oklahoma's tax-free weekend on clothing and shoes.
Shoppers will not have to play sales tax on clothing items purchased for $100 or less.
As any parent knows, however, the back-to-school equation involves a lot more than just clothing.
Tulsan Sarah Roe has grown a reputation as the "Money Saving Queen," and she offers strategies for saving big money for consumers.
She says when it comes to school supplies, shoppers need to think outside the box -- or big box store, in this case.
Begin with a plan, she tells KRMG, knowing what you need and looking around for the best prices on the items you want to buy.
"It's really important that you're looking at your whole list of stuff, and you're going through to figure out where is the cheapest, where can I go for that," she said.
Don't just hit the nearest super center, she advises.
"Stores like Staples and Office Depot, look at the drug stores like Walgreens and CVS. They have so many different savings methods available, and you can price-match those at the super center, but you cannot use all those rebates and easy care bucks and rewards and all those kinds of things."
The key, she says, is to stack the savings, then stockpile on things you know you'll need in the future.
"You want to always combine the rock-bottom price of that sale with a coupon or with a rewards program, with a rebate, with something, so that you are saving double."
If you know your kids will go through the crayons, markers, or notebooks before the end of the year, or may need more for next year, buy them in quantity when you get that right combination of a sale and additional savings, she says.
The time spent to have a plan and find the best deals will save you a lot of money.