August 22, 2013 09:30 ET

Surviving the Back to School Chaos With Marlene Pratt

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 22, 2013) - Staying sane at the beginning of the school year is tough, whether you have younger kids just starting or a college aged student. Marlene Pratt, Cofounder of Casa Latina, gives some insider tips on how to survive the chaos of going back to school.

You don't always have to spend a fortune to keep up-to-date with tech. You can bring old phones to a MetroPCS store to turn them into hand-me-downs that kids can use. While you're there, look for smartphones like the LG Optimus F3. With a flat fee of "$40, period" a month, you get nationwide 4G and unlimited data, talk and text -- and you never have to sign a contract!

When you are back-to-school shopping, choose a place that has all of the essentials, like Macy's. They have everything for kids, teens and college students from backpacks, Levi's and American Rag, to tech accessories like iPhone 5 case from Material Girl. They even have food storage from Martha Stewart Collection to help pack and organize lunches. Check out the "commuter jeans" from Levi's that have reflective cuffs so that they are visible to drivers.

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