(08/31/10) THE BRONX - With school starting within the next week, back-to-school shopping is under way.

Shopping experts are offering several tips to help parents shop smart. They say to always ask for a receipt and save it. If you pay for a back-to-school item with a credit card, read the fine print, know your credit limit and pay your balance in full.

They also say to be sure and know the store's refund policies. According to experts, all stores must post a sign detailing their policy. If they do not, shoppers are entitled to a refund within 30 days of a purchase.