Back-To-School Spending in 2016 Expected To Reach $75.8 Billion
It’s August, and that means back-to-school season is upon us. The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts back-to-school spending in the U.S. will rise to $75.8 billion, up 11.5% from $68 billion in 2015.
Of course, the back-to-school season can also mean an increase in illnesses, with an increased exposure to germs. This time of year can be expensive, but there are ways to find savings on all of your family’s health needs.
- Many insurance carriers offer an annual well visit, which is a comprehensive doctor’s visit with no co-pay. Take advantage of this annual visit as part of your back-to-school preparation. Be sure to have a list of immunizations required by your child’s school (check with the school district or the American Academy of Pediatrics for specific requirements).
- Vision checks are important prior to returning to school, as school performance may be affected by any vision challenges. If glasses are needed, there are many in-store offers this time of year, so be sure to do some comparison-shopping to get the best deal. According to Consumer Reports, you can save up to 40% by purchasing eyewear online.
- Don’t forget the dental appointment. If you don’t have dental insurance, there are a few ways to save. You can visit a free or low-cost provider (listings available through the American Dental Association) or check out dental schools, another low-cost option.
Finally, you can prepare now to save on any prescriptions that your family may need. Download your Familywize Prescription Savings Card or get the app (for iPhone or Android devices). With FamilyWize you’ll always get the lowest price on your prescriptions, so don’t miss out on the savings.
You can find more back-to-school health basics on WebMD. Have a safe and happy school year!