It is hard to believe, but it is almost that time of year again: back-to school. For many local students, the upcoming weekend is the last one of summer. Before back-to-school, there is back-to-school shopping to be done.
According to the National Retail Federation there won't beas much shopping as last year, though. The NRF's back-to-school survey found families will spend an average of$634.78 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics this year, down from$688.62 on average last year.
"I think no," Catherine Rabideau said. "It seems like we're spending more … because she's grown out of all her old clothes so we have to get more to replace the old," the mother of an incoming second-grader said.
But, it is not just about what the kids are wearing. Target was packed Friday with parents checking and double checking back-to-school supply lists, a reminder that summer is almost gone.
"This makes it feel more real, for both me and the checkbook," Melissa Kelly, who was shopping with her two elementary-age daughters, said.
The NRF survey also found the biggest portion of families 'back-to-school budgets will go to clothes and accessories. For incoming sixth grader Melissa King, back to school shopping is about getting what's "in."
"Kind of nervous, but not really," King said about what she thinks when she thinks about back-to school shopping. "I feel like just get the new styles and then, I'll be good."
The King family makes back-to-school shopping a family affair that is mostly about the quality time.
"It depends," said dad, Steven King. "It's a fun family thing most of the time. The bills aren't so much a fun part of that."
Many retailers are offering deep discounts, coupons and even apps to help you shop smarter. For more,visit the following links:
Target's app: http://cartwheel.target.com/
Staple's Back to School Savings Pass: http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/back-to-school/savings-pass.html
Walmart Back to School: http://www.walmart.com/cp/Back-to-School/1071204
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