The cost of shopping for back-to-school supplies
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Only a few more days until kids go back to school and like holiday shoppers, many parents leave back to school shopping until the last minute. So just how much will it cost the average family? Contact 13 hit the aisles to find out.
"We always set a budget for school supplies," explained mom Casey Christiernsson.
That always ensures she'll get the most out of her money. Knocking things off the list each year is becoming a mommy-daughter tradition. Target has a whole section for them to fill their backpacks.
"I got journals, papers, my tabs, my binder, "explained Leslie Avila, who is going into 9th grade. Leslie is sticking to the plan and only buying the necessities.
"What excites you about back to school shopping?" asked Action News anchor Tricia Kean.
"Just like starting new," said Leslie.
So how much can parents expect to spend? We took a sample list for a second grader and started filling the cart.
We picked up 12 items: glue, pencils, markers, crayons, paper, wipes, scissors, highlighters, Post-It notes, erasers, a pencil box and a backpack. The grand total was $41.42 plus tax. That's very close to the budget Casey made for her first grader.
"My husband usually does our comparison shopping then he and I get together to decide where we want to shop then he sends me out to do the actual shopping," said Casey.
That's just for supplies. A new school year often means new clothes. The National Retail Federation says 95% of parents will spend more than $230 on sweaters and denim for the fall.
"We've been saving and getting ready so she can come pick out everything she wants," said Casey.