By  on August 22, 2008

NEW YORK — Nine-year-old Lauren Manko of Montgomery Township, N.J., is a serious back-to-school shopper. She has a huge wish list from her favorite stores, such as Limited Too and Bath & Body Works.

But her mom, who will lose her job in September, put restrictions on her habits this year. A few clothing items from Limited Too, but the rest from Wal-Mart. Bath and body potions from discount retailer Five Below and a couple of makeup products from Rite Aid. Her mom even hopes to ravage Lauren’s older brother or sister’s stash of notebooks to use for supplies.

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