POLL: How Much Will You Spend on Back-to-School Supplies?
You might be surprised at the national average. Tell us what you'll fork out this year!
Baldwin-Whitehall parents might breathe a sigh of relief near the end of this month and the beginning of September when local students return to school, but before that happens, there is work to do.
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person with children in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $689 on back-to-school supplies this year.
The biggest chunks of that expenditure are expected to be for clothing ($246 average) and electronics ($218).
In 2011, the total expected expenditure was a $604 average.
For parents of college-aged children, the average expected back-to-school cost is $907 per year.
All told, that makes for an expected $83.8 billion to be spent on back-to-school shopping this year, making it the second-biggest consumer spending period behind the winter holidays.
How much will you spend this year? Take our poll!
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