Adding up the back-to-school bill


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Time is winding down before kids have to go back to school. Many parents are double checking the school supply list to make sure they’ve got everything their child needs.

News 4 decided to see how much it would cost to buy school supplies like notebooks, pencils and binders for 7th graders in North Tonawanda. Twenty-two items are on the teacher’s recommended list. It came to $57.35.

Some parents explained that they try to scope out the deals before they head out to go shopping. Lynne Terri from North Tonawanda is a mother of four. Before she steps out the door for back-to-school shopping she said she has a strategy. She plans in advance which items are best to get first.

“Usually the folders because they require so many different colors now that’s usually what I get first, as soon as the school supplies come out because they want ten folders in every color,” said Terri.

Leeanne Scott is also a mother of four. She said after years of practice back-to-school shopping has become easier.

“I wait until we get the list from the teachers and then it’s a crazy evening with the three older ones. Everybody’s kind of going in their own direction doing their own list and piling the cart full,” said Scott.

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $75 billion on back-to-school and college items this year. They said this is the second biggest spending season of the year.

For anyone heading out to the stores soon, Scott recommended that families “stay calm because it gets a little crazy”.

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