Clothes, supplies, computers -- the list of back to school needs is a long one. And when you've got more than one child, the cost can really add up. That's why Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis is helping you save some money by finding good deals and free stuff to get your family ready to head back to class.
No one likes shots, but you have to get your kid's immunizations up to date before the first day of school. If you're working and can't make it to the doctor during the week, there are a lot of opportunities in the evening and on weekends to your kid's shots for free.
To ease the pain of the injection, take the family to the Children's Museum of Houston for free family night on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. While you're there, the kids can get their shots for free. Only the first 200 children under 18 who bring their shot records will get poked.
Can't make it Thursday? There are more than a dozen other free and cheap immunization drives posted on Houston on the Cheap.
Get cuts for kids 17 and under for free at any Remington College. There are three locations in Houston. You can walk in or make an appointment. There's even something in the deal for mom and dad.
"They're also sponsoring a back-to-school drive, so if you bring in some supplies, that will be donated adults can get a free haircut, free pedicure or free manicure," said Houston on the Cheap's Vicki Powers.
Franklin Beauty School is also giving free haircuts and hair-dos to kids 7 to 17 on Aug. 24. You do have to pre-register, but children who get in will also get free backpacks, school supplies, gifts and prizes.
If you haven't checked off all the items on the school supply list, Powers says there are still deals out there.
"You know people may not think of the office supply stores," Powers said. "But they've had some amazing deals."
"Any way you can save money when you have multiple kids is certainly helpful," said Powers.
We want to hear about any good deals you've found. Share them with other parents on Amy Davis' Local 2 Facebook page.