POLL: How Much Do You Spend on Back-to-School Supplies?

Sales are expected to jump this year for back-to-school spending, according to the National Retail Federation. How is that affecting your wallet? Share you thoughts and tips about how you navigate the school supplies nightmare.


That is the amount the average person with children in grades kindergarten to 12th grade is expected to spend this year on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation's annual back-to-school spending survey.

Last year, the survey predicted families would spend $603.63.

"With more children entering elementary and middle school this fall and after cutting back their spending last year, parents with growing children will hit the stores this summer to replace and replenish what their children might have had to “make-do” with last school season," according to a NRF press release.

READ: Check Out Our Back to School Guide So You're Ready Before Classes Start

Parents surveyed said they would spend the most on clothing, accessories, and electronics this summer as the first day of school approaches.

The survey found the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $246.10 on clothes, $217.88 on electronics, $129.20 on shoes, and $95.44 on school supplies — such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks.

In addition, about six in 10 people said they would invest in some sort of electronic device, according to the survey. This is up from 51.9 percent who planned to buy an electronic device last year.

Where do you stack up when it comes to these numbers? Are buying school supplies killing you? Here's your chance to vent as well as help other parents when it comes to the nightmare that is shopping for pens, papers and paste (I know that last item dates me, but I needed a word that started with a "P" for the alliteration):

  • Take our poll on how much you're spending this year on supplies your child needs to attend class in s school districts, , and .
  • What's the most ridiculous school supply you have to buy for your child?
  • Where do you go for school supply bargains?

Think of this as your school supply support group and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch editor contributed to this report.


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