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Paula T. Dow,
Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Thomas R. Calcagni, Director

 

 

For Immediate Release:
August 18, 2011
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Neal Buccino, 973-504-6327
 

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Offers
Back-to-School Shopping Tips

NEWARK With summer almost over and the school season about to begin, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today issued a Consumer Brief with tips on the best ways parents can save money while shopping for back-to-school supplies.

"The National Retail Foundation estimates that families with students in grades
K-12 will spend an average of $600 on apparel, school supplies, and electronics, and college students will spend an average of $800 on items including dorm furnishings and food," Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said. "We're offering advice to help savvy consumers develop a game plan to spend less, while ensuring their children are fully equipped and ready to learn."

The "Back-to-School Shopping Tips" Consumer Brief can be found at: www.NJConsumerAffairs.com/brief/schoolshop.pdf .

Advice includes:

  • Create a Budget
  • Involve Your Children
  • Look for Bargains
  • Ask About Return and Refund Policies
  • Shop Smart Online
  • Connect with Other Parents
  • Save on Textbooks

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website, , or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/pages/NJ-Division-of-Consumer-Affairs/112957465445651 ; and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events, at http://www.nj.gov/oag/ca/outreach/.

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