August is here, which means school is right around the corner. Back-to-school shopping is considered the second-largest spending period—parents will shell out an average of $688.62 this year, the National Retail Federation estimates. The countrywide tally is estimated to be $30.3 billion. To help you budget and keep organized as you prepare your kids for school, check out these five apps for your smartphone or tablet.
Retail Me Not — Free
The cost of shopping for school can easily add up, but this app can help you locate discounts on supplies and clothing for your kids. Plus, it's a paperless and less time-consuming way to coupon.
RedLaser — Free
Looking for good deals? Download what The New York Times calls the "perfect shopping companion." This app will save you the hassle of physically matching prices at different stores. Just scan a barcode or enter an item name to find the best prices online and at local retailers.
Awesome Note — $3.99; Free for "lite" version
Keeping track of your family's schedule doesn't have to be stressful. Awesome Note allows you to color-code events on your calendar, make to-do lists, and jot down notes. You can also send reminders and notes via email or text and sync the app with your Google account.
Big Oven — Free
This app features a recipe database that will give you ideas for family meals. You can save your favorite recipes, use the calendar to chart a weekly meal plan, and create a grocery list.
My Homework — Free
Track your kids' homework assignments and test dates with this user-friendly calendar app.
What apps are on your must-have list? Let us now in the comments.