It begins! Retailers start back-to-school sales

NEW YORK (NBCNEWS) —  It may not be August or September, but some retailers want you to start thinking about what your kids will need when they heading back to school.

Retail Giant Wal-Mart is not only offering back to school sales in-store, but also online, with its own feature.

Parents can surf the superstore’s website, type in their zip code, find their child’s school, and shop a list of supplies specifically for their child’s grade.

The National Retail Federation believes this is convenient for shoppers who are starting to buy their school supplies early.

“They started as early as late June and back to school season for them is gonna go all the way through…even when their child is in school,” said Ana Smith with The National Retail Federation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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