|Back-to-school has high price tag this year|
|Monday, August 26, 2013 12:21 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — Back-to-school shopping season is in full swing and many parents and grandparents are seeing national averages in the triple digits when it comes to purchasing school supplies, clothing and shoes for students.
Crayons, calculators, school uniforms and backpacks will take a bigger bite out of the family budget this year, with costs jumping by about 7 percent, which is five times the rate of inflation.
According to the National Retail Federation in Washington, D.C., some parents who splurged last year, spending a record average of $688.62 for their kindergarten through 12th-graders, plan to spend about 8 percent less this year, or $634.78.
In Delphos, a sampling of families with students preparing to attend grade school, middle school and high school yielded varying costs since families were still in the process of purchasing back-to-school clothing and/or school supplies.
Richale Reagan said that her daughter Isabelle, who is in fifth grade, needed paper, pencils, markers, a book bag and a lunch box.
“It was about $60 for Isabelle’s supplies,” Reagan detailed.
Her son Gust, who is in eighth grade, needed all the general necessities plus textbooks, which added $38.
Reagan said her kids are looking forward to going back to school.
“It will be nice to get back into the routine,” she said.
Mike Kill, parent of a kindergartner and second-grader, said that his wife spent close to $60 on supplies.
“Three-fourths of that is for our own child’s use,” Kill explained. “The other one-third is a portion donated for pre-school projects.”
Lisa Dickman has four children attending school this year — one is in college — and she has spent money on uniforms, book and orientation fees. She says her first-grader needed back-to-school supplies which cost around $45.
“I bought two pairs of pants, two sweaters and a jumper for my first-grade daughter and my fourth-grade son needed four pairs of pants and five golf shirts,” Dickman detailed. “I spent close to $275.”
Her son, a sophomore, needed ties, which were $45, and his orientation and book fees cost $146. She said she will shop for socks and shoes later.
Dickman said she is excited for them to get back into the school routine.
“The kids are not excited to go back to school,” she explained. “Too many rules and no jean days unless they pay $1.”
For parents and grandparents who are Internet savvy, the website befrugal.com offers links to a wide variety of deals and coupons for back-to-school clothing and supplies.