GREEN BAY – With school starting in less than a month for most school districts in the Green Bay area, back-to-school shopping is in full swing.
This year, families can expect to pay more for school supplies as record inflation drives up costs.
Families with children in K-12 can expect to pay an average of more than $800 for school supplies this year, according to an annual survey of back-to-school shopping conducted by the National Retail Federation, the largest association retail business in the country.
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Many Green Bay-area parents have started shopping for supplies for their kids to avoid a last-minute run on items and empty shelves.
Norma Alejandra Perez — mother of a second-grader at Jackson Elementary and an eighth-grader at Lombardi Middle School — spent $200 on supplies for her two children, not including the most important items like clothes and the shoes.
AK Price has a sixth-grade student at Washington Middle School, and she had spent $100 on supplies by the time she finished shopping in July.
“After (a) bitter experience over the years of trying to find the right brand of dry erase markers at the last second, I have officially agreed to complete the school supply list as soon as possible,” he said. she writes in a Facebook group for Bay Area Green Parents.
De Pere’s mother, Melanie Brick, spent $350 on back-to-school supplies for her three children at Target. She was surprised by how many supplies had already run out towards the end of July.
“Buy early!” she wrote in a Facebook group. “I can’t believe how nearly it’s already gone! That was a BIG surprise!”
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Other parents said they spent around $50 to $60 on their children’s supplies. The number of students you’re buying for, their grade level, and whether you’re buying headphones and backpacks in addition to markers and paper can quickly add to the cost.
How much do school supplies cost for elementary, middle and high school students?
The Press-Gazette totaled the costs of school supplies for elementary, middle and high school students in Brown County districts using Target’s School List Assist, which displays items that can be added to your cart by line according to the list of supplies for your child. specific school and grade level.
A 2nd grade student at Heritage Elementary in the De Pere School District: $203.97 taxes included for 30 items
The most expensive items on this supply list are a water bottle for $15, a backpack for $35, and headphones for $16. Other classroom items like whiteboard markers and tissues are also included.
An 8th grade student at Bay View Middle School in the Howard-Suamico School District: $309.29 including tax for 30 items
This basket includes school supplies as well as more expensive items like a graphing calculator ($99) and wireless Bluetooth headphones ($29). What is not included in this basket is the orchestra and band equipment that is on the list.
A music stand, shoulder rest, and rosin can all be purchased on Amazon for $30, $16, and $6, respectively.
A junior at Preble High School in the Green Bay School District: $175.03 taxes included for 14 items
The high school supply lists for Green Bay schools are based on the courses taken by the student. This basket includes supplies for language arts, math, and science classes, but not advanced placement or electives such as music or art. Scientific safety glasses are not included in this basket, but can be purchased on Amazon for $8.
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Here are some money-saving tips for back-to-school shopping
Planning your purchases around sales can help you save money, as can using rewards and coupon programs.
Another tip, according to Goodwill of North Central Wisconsin, is to shop for larger items like clothes, winter coats and backpacks at a thrift store. It’s also a way to save money on clothes that your child might outgrow before you get the full benefit.
As students get older and need expensive graphing calculators, try checking Facebook Marketplace for a used calculator.
Also take advantage of price match guarantees to ensure you get the lowest prices possible. Target and Walmart both have price match options.
Danielle DuClos covers K-12 education in the Green Bay area as a member of the Report for America corps. She is based at the Press-Gazette in Green Bay. To contact her, email [email protected] or call 907-717-6851. Follow her on Twitter @danielle_duclos.