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Back To School Shopping Tips

August 11, 2014, 7:10 AM by Leland Steva

Back To School Shopping Tips

At this time next week students will be getting ready for the first day of school in Sioux Falls. Parents are trying to get their children ready, and that includes back-to-school shopping. 

It's an important time of the year for students, and while parents want to make sure their children are prepared for their first day, they don't want to break the bank.

The first day of school is right around the corner, and parents are looking at a long list of supplies.

"Paper, notebook, binders, looseleaf," Alison Fox said.

"Pencils," Cassie Fox said.

"Of course the pencils, pens, writing utensils are essential," Alison said.

"Binders, backpacks, clothes," Cassie said.

According to the National Retail Federation, parents buying that list spend an average of $669 per child. With that cost, parents tried to find a way to save.

Donna Windsor has two boys, one in elementary school, one in middle school. She says she always buy the pencils, notebooks and folders that the schools say you should get every year, but she doesn't buy everything on the lists the schools provide.

"They have stacks and stacks of the supplies already in the schools, or in the classrooms, so if this year you don't buy a box of kleenex and send it with your child, they're not going to not teach your child," Donna Windsor said.

Windsor says she likes to go shopping after the first day of school because stores usually put the supplies on sale. She says when you shop is just as important as where you shop.

"Going out ahead of time, stock up on the sale items so you have them in the house, but if you don't need it, don't buy it," Windsor said.

According to the NRF, the leap from elementary school to middle school costs families about 100 dollars more a year. David Meyers of Sioux City says he budgets more money each year. He also likes to travel to Sioux Falls to do his shopping.

"The variety is a lot bigger than Sioux City, Iowa. Yeah it's a lot bigger," David Meyers said.

While it's a strain on the wallet, and the mind, Windsor will enjoy it when her kids are back in school.

"I look forward to the quiet," Windsor said.

Last year Americans spent 72.5 billion dollars on back-to-school shopping. The National Retail Federation estimates that more money will be spent this year

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