Clothes Still Biggest Back-to-School Expense, But Gadgets Now Close Second

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 The top back-to-school expense for parents is still new clothes, but electronics are a close second this year.  The average parent will spend $189 on new clothes for their kids, and $186 on gadgets.

 

 

Most kids go back to school later this month.  Which is a big stress-reliever for parents.  But it also means your wallet's about to take a hit . . .

 

 

A new survey found parents will spend as much as $65 more on back-to-school stuff this year compared to 2017.  And new clothes are still the biggest expense.  But electronics are now a close second.

 

 

Here are the seven big back-to-school expenses you have to worry about, and how much the average parent is expecting to spend . . .

 

 

1.  New clothes.  $189, up from $153 last year.

 

2.  Electronics.  $186, up from $121.

 

3.  New shoes.  $95, up from $71 last year.

 

4.  Backpacks.  $45, up from $33.

 

5.  Art supplies, including things like crayons.  $24, up from $17.

 

6.  Pencils and pens, $15, up from $13.

 

7.  Folders and notebooks, $15, up from $12 last year.

 

 

So all totaled, that's $569 to buy everything on the list.  But obviously it's just the average.  Some parents will spend way more and some will spend less. 

 

 

(RetailMeNot)

Originally posted on August 1st, 2018

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