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Vouchers help with back-to-school shopping

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As a mom of three, Kim Uy knows back-to-school shopping can be pricey.

"They grow out of things so quickly, it's a few months and they've outgrown their shows, or they're getting new pants," said Uy.

Just as the rush of back to school shopping begins, there may be a way you can save.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources offers a program to families in the state, offering vouchers to help pay for school clothes.

Participating stores, including Charleston Department Store, then accept those vouchers as cash for the back-to-school basics.

Employees in the Charleston Department Store say vouchers are making a difference.  Last year, 81,000 children received clothing vouchers.

You apply for the vouchers online. There is a chart to let you know if you qualify.

You can find the chart, here: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/sca.asp

If you qualify, you get $200 per child.

Moms we spoke with say that can make a big difference in helping a family's budget.

You have to apply by the end of July if you want vouchers for this school year.