Back-to-school shopping: What are you spending?

Last year, Adam Coomes, left, of Stewartstown, shopped with his mom Kristin Coomes and his brother, Kyle Coomes at Target in Springettsbury Township. (File photo)

Last year, Adam Coomes, left, of Stewartstown, shopped with his mom Kristin Coomes and his brother, Kyle Coomes at Target in Springettsbury Township. (File photo)

In most districts around York County, students will head back to school in less than a month. Have you started your shopping?

Check out what the annual survey from the National Retail Federation has to say about the annual rite of back-to-school shopping.

$630.36

That’s the average amount a K-12 family spends on electronics, apparel and other school supplies. It’s nearly $39 less than a family expected to spend last year.

Here’s how it breaks down:

$217.82 – clothing and accessories

$117.56 – shoes

$97.74 – school supplies

$197.24 – electronics or computer-related equipment

Backpacks were given away at Project Big Love 717 last year. (File photo)

Backpacks were given away at Project Big Love 717 last year. (File photo)

 

Where are they shopping?

About 62 percent say they’ll shop at a discount store and 54 percent say they’ll hit up a department store. About 36 percent plan to go to the office supply store and a relatively small amount, 13 percent, will shop at a local or small business. Almost 36 percent will shop online.

Procastinators?

The survey said more shoppers plan to wait this year. Most, about 42 percent, will head to the store about three weeks to a month ahead of time. About 30 percent wait until the week or two before school starts.

Almost 20 percent are early birds and started shopping about a month ago (two months before school starts).

What are you spending?

Share in the comments how you handle back-to-school shopping. Any popular or unusual requests from kids or schools this year?

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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