Back to school season can be an expensive time of year for parents, especially those sending kids off to college. But a little bit of planning and research into purchase decisions can make it a less stressful time.
New York (PRWEB) August 11, 2014
U.S. consumer advocacy and customer complaints website, Pissed Consumer, offers parents insight into back to school spending with tips and consumer reviews related to common big ticket purchases for college students.
"This can be an expensive time of year for parents, especially those sending kids off to college," said Joanna Simpson of PissedConsumer.com. "But a little bit of planning and research into purchase decisions can make it a less stressful time."
PissedConsumer.com offers the following back to school shopping tips to help parents and college students get more for their money:
- Set a budget as early as possible to avoid last minute surprises or premature overspending.
- Invest time in comparison shopping. Buying local might save money on shipping costs but online retailers can sometimes offer deeper discounts.
- Before making any big ticket purchase such as a laptop, smartphone, or dorm room furniture, explore consumer reviews of both sellers and manufacturers to get the most value in the long run. The PissedConsumer.com shopping reviews section is a place to start.
- If a particular manufacturer has a history of positive reviews, consider buying their products used to save money. For example, lightly-used dorm room furniture might be available for sale from older students or recent graduates.
- Don't neglect customer reviews for smaller ticket items like notebooks, calculators, and backpacks. Finding well-reviewed, durable school supplies now can save money in the long run because they won't have to be replaced as often.
"While consumer complaints can help shoppers save money by comparing retailer practices, it's about more than that," said Simpson. "That feedback can also help buyers protect themselves and their investments by finding the most reputable product and service providers so students can focus on school and parents can worry a little bit less."
PissedConsumer.com also features reviews of colleges and universities, other schools, and tutoring to give students a better idea of what to expect from these institutions and services. Educational reviews can be found at http://www.pissedconsumer.com/category/education.html.
PissedConsumer.com is a premier consumer advocacy group, featuring consumer reviews and complaints in a social networking environment. The company uses online tools to publicize reviews and complaints filed by consumers on the Internet. In addition, the website offers a set of free tools necessary to bring customer disputes to a fast and successful resolution, including a consumer complaint letter generator and collection of consumer tips and advice in the site’s consumer advocacy section.
For more information about PissedConsumer.com or consumer complaints about educational institutions or back to school shopping resources, please visit PissedConsumer.com or contact Joanna Simpson at 262-674-6466.
Joanna Simpson, Media Relations
Opinion Corp. DBA PissedConsumer.com
500 Westover Dr #1942
Sanford, NC 27330