Back to school bargains

Shopping at Westgate Mall

When it comes to going back to school, do you always get more stuff than you intend to? It happens a lot, but there's usually a reason for it. So we sat down today with a financial advisor and even some moms to get you some good advice and good deals.

When it comes to back to school shopping, the biggest mistake parents can make is not sticking to a list. Josh Wood from Wood Financial says these stores are masters of marketing and product placement. "It's why in WalMart they're kinda buy the toys and they always have this reasonably prices items that's really enticing right next to the thing you gotta get," said Wood.

And if you just have to get something, put it on a list and stick to one store. "My best advice would be just to go to the one place, get your stuff and home, you'll save more in time and gas and stress than you would trying to save money every which way," Wood continued.

When it comes to real mom's, they say Wood's advice is dead-on, but when they take the kids shopping, it doesn't always happen that way.

"I would like to go inside one store, but it usually doesn't work out that way," said Tessa Parker, a mom who we caught doing some back to school shopping.

"I like it because it's faster, buy they like it because what's in style or whose wearing that, so they want to go in all those stores." "It's better to go to one, it really is, when we bought our, most of supplies, they were in one place, but then the shoes, er, something like that, of course you have to go somewhere else," said mom Rochelle Evins.

But if you have to make mulitple trips, "It's not so much about where you shop, but how you shop. if you stick to your list, if you go with a preset list, that gets rid of a lot of the impulse buying that we tend to do," said Wood.

Wood also has a blog where he compares items from stores like WalMart and United to get you the best deal.