Families Set to Spend $700 on School Supplies

The National Retail Foundation says $688 is the average amount a family will pay for school supplies for every student between kindergarten and 12th grade.

Families with children in kindergarten through senior year of high school are set to spend nearly $700 on school supplies this year.

The National Retail Foundation's annual report on back-to-school spending says $688 is expected to be the average per-student spend for the 2012-13 school year. And, more than in years past, parents are turning to the Internet, catalogs and department stores to find the items their children need.

One interesting tidbit: Online shoppers are increasing, with nearly 40 percent of parents saying they'll click to fill supply lists, but online shoppers are also expected to spend more than those who will shop in brick-and-mortar stores. 

Where will you be shopping for your family's school supplies? Tell us in the comments—especially if you have a great place for a bargain.

Heather in Caledonia July 30, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Steve, you're right. I think the title should have read something like "Families Set to Spend $700 To Send Kids Back to School" or something like that. It's certainly not school supplies. Maybe "...department stores to find the items their children need." should have read "want" instead of "need." I think that's what the discussion here has mainly be about. Most of those items are a "want" (especially when it's designer clothes over off-brand), not a "need" for school.
superdavefive July 30, 2012 at 05:28 PM
If you think this is the dumbest article on Patch you haven't read anything by Lyle Ruble.
Greg July 30, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Dave, What school district are you in?
Terry August 03, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Dave attends a "special" school...
Emily Koehler August 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I think i spent about $75 last year, and that included clothes. I'm not ashamed to shop the Dollar Store, and thrift stores.


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