Stores are filled with back-to-school shoppers.
With summer winding to a close, many area families are scrambling to fill supply lists, replace outgrown gym shoes and refurbish worn-out wardrobes before the school year officially starts.
Covering the cost of back-to-school necessities may tax even the best-planned budgets, especially if families are sending more than one child back to the classroom or adding a new college student to the mix.
To counter the shock of a one-time hit to the pocketbook in August, Becky Towne of Lamartine starts planning for the next school year many months in advance. ...