Parents face rising costs for back-to-school supplies

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Sending your kids back to school can be expensive.

According to the National Retail Federation, projected back-to-school spending in 2021 topped nearly $37 billion, or an average of about $850 per family.

In a context of galloping inflation, a large majority of buyers expect to see higher prices this year.

“I’ve heard estimates as high as 100,” Levi Elkins said.

Elkins is not far from his guess.

Heartland News made back-to-school shopping for a student in Years 1-4 at Cape Town Public Schools.

The final cost was over $100, but time and money was saved by shopping online, which cost $24 less.

“I did everything by targeting here locally, actually online. We ordered everything and should have it by Friday,” Elkins said.

“I try to do it at the end of the year, sometimes you get offers,” said Danielle Wallace, another parent.

Schools like Central Jr. High School offer help for students who need supplies.

School district social worker Carolyn Thomas said she even noticed a slight increase in the price of items.

“You kind of have to look for these sales and deals?” “Yes, we do, we do. This year we started a little earlier,” said Thomas.

Although local prices haven’t risen significantly, she thinks help for parents is still needed.

“Just in the summer, that budget increases when their kids are home, so that helps parents a lot,” Thomas said.

This leaves parents with a lighter load this coming school year.

“You can just spend that money on something better or whatever you need,” Wallace said.

You can also check when your state has duty-free weekends to help save you money.

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