District 7 Parents See Slight Increase in Back-to-School Spending

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), back-to-school shoppers have begun to treat the new school year as a recent holiday in that shoppers start early to find the best deals to stretch their dollars.

According www.nrf.com, in early July, more than half of shoppers began their back-to-school and university shopping. A majority of consumers, 68%, said they saw higher prices on school items. Clothing and accessories and school supplies were the sectors where consumers spent the most, according to NRF.

“Clothes are definitely the most expensive part of back-to-school shopping for me,” said District 7 parent Carrie Davis. suited him more. now.”

“Usually we had a few things left over from last year. They’re at that age where nothing matches last year,” said parent Eric Warta, who also said clothes were the biggest item. expensive back to school this year.

“I don’t think school supplies felt more expensive to me than some of the other inflation-related items,” Warta said. “The sixth year is cheaper than the fifth year, for me.”

Compared to pre-pandemic spending, shoppers are expected to spend $168 more on average than 2019 spending as families adjust to changes in virtual and blended learning, according to NRF. Total back-to-school spending is expected to match the 2021 record of $37 billion. K-12 families plan to spend an average of $864 on school supplies, an increase of about $15 from last year.

“I think it gets cheaper as they get older,” Davis said. She said shopping this year was cheaper for her because her two oldest students are now in high school and therefore don’t need as many school supplies such as markers, crayons, etc.

Beth Browne, a District 7 parent, said she thinks her family has spent “a little more” this year on school supplies and thinks the increase is likely due to a mix of inflation and the transition to the middle School.

While some District 7 parents said they spent more on back-to-school shopping this year, none said they needed to specifically budget for those costs. Most of the parents The Intelligent spoke to on Friday said they had finished their school shopping.

However, NRF reports that 85% of back-to-school shoppers across the country were still working on their listings. Those who are still waiting to shop are waiting for school lists or the best offers.

Half of the total shoppers surveyed by NRF planned to do their shopping online.

Toni Faccin, a parent from District 7, said she buys all of her supplies online at SpeedySchoolSupplies.com and have them delivered to his doorstep. Even then, Faccin noticed an increase in costs this year.

Maggie Gagnon, owner of The Charlie Belle Shop located upstairs above Seams for the Soul Boutique in Edwardsville, said back-to-school shopping has been a little slower this year compared to the past.

“I think it’s just people traveling, gas prices, stuff like that,” Gagnon said. “At the moment it’s been quite slow, we haven’t had a return to school yet.”

Gagnon said she hopes to see more when back to school this Wednesday, including the “bling-out backpack station” that will be set up in the boutique.

As for higher education, back-to-college spending is expected to reach nearly $74 billion according to NRF, the highest in their survey’s history and up from a record high of $71 billion. from last year.

The increase is the result of more students and their families planning to shop this year compared to last year, as they plan to spend an average of $1,199 on college and university items, which is comparable to last year’s polls of $1,200.

According to NRF, since pre-pandemic, total planned spending on returning to college has increased by $19 billion by 2019 and consumers are spending about $233 more on average. NRF reports that half of this increased spending comes from electronics and dorm or apartment furnishings.

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