Save money and avoid scammers this back-to-school season

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Students and parents are gearing up for back-to-school season as the summer break comes to a close. With the emphasis on in-person instruction resuming in Texas, shopping for back-to-school supplies is expected to be different this year than it was last school year.

According to the National Retail Federation, almost half (49%) of parents with school-aged children said their kids are most excited about shopping for back-to-school clothing this year. Additionally, 61% of consumers plan to purchase their back-to-school supplies around major sale events including Prime Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day. With the majority of consumers turning to online marketplaces for their shopping needs this year, it is important to exercise caution before making an online purchase.

Katie Galan with the Better Business Bureau says, between May and July of 2020, Texas consumers lost an average of $50,000 per month to online purchasing scams. Many of those who lost money to…

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