A lot of back-to-school shopping—and shopping research—is happening on mobile devices this school year, according to the National Retail Federation. Its 2012 Back-to-School and College Surveys found that almost seven of 10 tablet owners will shop for school and college items using their tablets, and more than half of all smart-phone owners will shop via their phones.
Some details: 43.8 percent of tablet owners will use the tablet to research products and compare prices. Nearly three in 10 shoppers with children in grades K-12 will make a purchase with their tablet, and 34.5 percent will buy college items with tablets. As to smart phones, 33.3 percent of K-12 shoppers and 31.5 percent of college-bound shoppers will use their phones to research products and compare prices; fewer respondents said they'd use them to make purchases.
In money news, the study found that families with children in grades K-12 were most likely to pay for their back-to-school purchases with debit cards (42.5 percent), followed by cash (28.4 percent) and credit cards (25.6 percent). College shoppers also favored debit cards, though credit cards edged out cash for second place.
Here's some advice from our shopping experts on playing your cards right at back-to-school time or any time:
And see our new Back-to-school shopping guide for plenty of additional tips