Parents Cope With Growing School Supply Expenses

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A still-struggling economy and shrinking school budgets have made back-to-school shopping a cringe-worthy experience for many parents.

A still-struggling economy and shrinking school budgets have made back-to-school shopping a cringe-worthy experience for many parents.

According to the National Retail Association, the average parent will spend over 600 dollars on supplies, clothes, and electronics.

Tightening school budgets don’t help matters, as the materials costs simply get passed along to the families.

One school is requesting that parents provide cases of copy paper.

Even getting a first-grader ready for class isn’t as simple as it sounds. A mother reported that her son’s list of required supplies is two pages long. She said she’s already spent over 100 dollars and still has more to buy.

Many have learned the best ways to save as much money as possible.

Watching sales throughout the summer and stocking up gradually is one approach.

Another is to shop at stores that offer free layaway, allowing parents to get items like uniforms in the right size and pay for them gradually without incurring extra charges and fees.

Estimates are that parents will spend 8 percent less this year than last, in spite of a 7 percent rise in costs.

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