Typically, adults have it easier when it comes to back-to-school time. It’s a lot easier for me to get excited for apple season, fall colors, and the return of my sweater collection when I don’t have to feel the keen sting of going back to school. With this year’s inflation, parents might be dreading a new school year even more than their kids.

The coupon company RetailMeNot surveyed parents about the rising cost of back-to-school and found that 40% are stressed about the money they’ll spend. Now a Capital Region mall is trying a different approach to relieve the worry – they want you to sing for your supplies.

Colonie Karaoke

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This Saturday, Colonie Center is throwing a new school year karaoke party from noon until 2p in the Center Court. For those that may get a little microphone shy, there’s a pretty big incentive to take the stage: all karaoke singers get a $25 gift card to a retailer in the mall. (Think about if a bar did that on karaoke night! Bedlam and chaos.)

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If that’s still not enough to overcome your stage fright, the first 100 people there will get free school supplies, gift cards, and coupons in a Colonie Center tote bag. They will also raffle off tickets to Disney’s Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert at SPAC on the 24th and give away a gift basket with a Ukulele from Hilton Music and gift cards to J. Crew, Nordstrom Rack, Famous Footwear, H&M, and L.L. Bean.

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