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A back-to-school list for the savvy shopper

Tatyana Bellamy-Walker | 8/29/2013, 11:03 a.m. | Updated on 8/29/2013, 11:03 a.m.

According to a report done in July by the National Retail Foundation, parents are estimated to spend $26.7 billion during this year’s back-to-school season. No matter how old your child is, with the dawning days of school right around the corner, purchases like school supplies and clothing can add up.

Despite the cost, parents don’t have to pay the extra price in this back-to-school season. Organizations and local charities are doing their part and are offering free school supplies to people throughout New York and New Jersey.

Free Back-to-school supplies

Back 2 School Giveaway, a nationwide back-to-school campaign, offers free school supplies to help children throughout the country, no matter their race, religion or gender. The organizers have 25,000 school bags ready for this year’s distribution, which will be set up in 12 states and over 25 locations. No registration required.

  • Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m. at 25-15 Steinway St., Queens
  • Sept. 1, 2-5 p.m. at ICNA, 180 Ege Ave., Jersey City
  • Sept 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, 307 Victory Blvd., Staten Island
  • Sept. 2, 1-3 p.m. at 865 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn

Habana Outpost: The Latin eatery is on board with back-to-school. In addition to receiving free school supplies, kids can improve their art class skills with activities involving recycled arts and crafts.

  • Sept. 3 (Labor Day), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: 757 Fulton St., Brooklyn