With Tennessee's tax-free weekend, BBB offers tips to prepare for going back to school

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Back-to-school season means shopping, whether your children learn at home or head to school in person.

Before determining what students may need for the year, set a budget. Planning ahead as much as possible will help keep expenses to a minimum and help everyone involved stay on task.

BBB recommends the following tips when looking for school-related items, either in person or online:

In-person shopping. Most retailers have dropped mask mandates, but some pharmacies or local stores may still have them. Supply chain issues could also impact shopping. When getting ready to shop, it's a good idea to contact the store ahead of time if you have questions about hours, policies, or to see if supplies are in stock.

Research big ticket items. Whether your children are learning in-person at school or online from home, technology has come to the forefront over the past two years.