Shopping for four school aged kids can get pricey, so mom starts early.

Messenger Post's news partner, News10NBC is heading into the last weekend before school starts and continue to follow a family as they prepare to go back to school. Parents are some of you waiting until the last minute to finish shopping? For our back to school family, the McCoys, Trelawney is a mother of nine children. She adopted eight and right now four of them are headed back to school.

Shopping for four school aged kids can get pricey, so mom starts early.

"I have multiple kids so I can't do all that at one time," Trelawney said. "I do a little bit at a time."

Trelawney splits up the shopping throughout the summer.

According to the National Retail Federation, back to school shopping can set you back nearly 700 dollars per child. If you haven't done your shopping yet, it's not too late to save. Trelawney says she always checks the clearance racks for good deals. Her 11 year old daughter Coco has another piece of advice, recycle what you can.

"I don't use that much paper in the year," Coco said. "So I just take the ones I used out of my notebook."

When she does this, she has a notebook that's good as new. Here are a few more tips for saving money on back to school shopping from penny hoarder.

1.) Start by shopping at home.

2.) Shop thrift stores and rummage sales.

3.) Go to office supply stores, dollar stores and warehouse stores.

4.) Shop online.

5.) Buy generic.

6.) Don't forget the coupons.

Websites like ibotta or retail me not offer some help on where to find good deals if you're still shopping last minute.