The start of school is a little over a month away—the official start date is Sept. 6 for students in (Sept. 5 for 7th grade students at and middle schools) — which means its time for parents and students to start their back-to-school shopping.
Almost half of the parents polled in the National Retail Foundation's Back-to-School spending survey said they planned to begin shopping three weeks to a month before school started. About 5 percent of parents said they would wait until school starts or wait until after school starts to stock up on supplies, according to the NRF.
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The NRF estimated that the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $688.62 on their children for back-to-school shopping, up from $603.63 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $30.3 billion, according to the NRF.
Parents estimated they would spend $95.44 on supplies, and $217.88 on electronics, according to the NRF. Nearly 60 percent of families will invest in an electronic device.
The basic pens, pencils, notebooks and folders are on almost every teacher's supply list. To find a complete list for a specific grade level, contact the school or visit its website. Real Simple and Good Housekeeping also have suggested lists for students in preschool through high school.
Cerritos and Artesia locals can buy school supplies at:
- 99 Cent Store
Of course, back-to-school shopping isn't just for school supplies. New clothes, new shoes and new backpacks end up on quite a few lists, too.
In the NRF survey, parents estimated they would spend an average of $246.10 on clothing and $129.20 on shoes.