Issuing the same advise for Christmas shopping, experts recommend walking and comparing when shopping for school supplies.

Retail stores in Costa Rica have quickly changed over from holiday season to back to school mode, taking advantage of the first payday of the year, January 15.

The school year in Costa Rica starts in February and ends in December. And it is common for parents to start shopping for school supplies in the first week of January.

Shopping around means getting the best deal as there could be a great differences in prices at different retailers for the same item.

In addition to notebooks, pens and pencils, parents have to spend on school uniforms that include blue pants/skirts, white shirt and blue sweater. These items can run about ¢25.000 colones or US50.

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