Price of School Supplies Continues to Increase

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By Amy Fox
By Benji Jeffords

MARION--  It's just a couple of weeks until the start of another school year.  And, parents will likely have to shell out a little more this year, to make sure kids have all the gear they need

According to the National Retail Federation, it will cost about  $100 per student for school supplies this year, which is up about 12 percent from last year.

Carts are being filled, employees are stocking the shelves, as families gear up for one of the most expensive times of year.

"A lot of parents and kids coming in to gather up their school supplies before the school season starts," said Lance Moade, Marion Target Store Leader.

Beth Cooksey and her son, Sam, are getting ready to start their back to school shopping at Target with their list in hand.

Cooksey said,  "I'm hoping to find everything here for a good price."

For about three weeks now, shoppers have been making their way back to the school supply area.  And, as the first day of school draws closer, more and more families are checking off their lists. 

"We've definitely seen an increase in our guest traffic," said Moade.  "A lot of kids are really excited to get back as well as parents."

From notebooks and folders, to pens and pencils, all of the supplies can add up.  The National Retail Federation reports school supplies for one student will cost about $100 this year compared to $90 last year.

Cooksey said, "It could be well over a $100 easily and that's just the supplies, not counting the backpack and stuff too."

As Beth and Sam continue to check off their shopping list, they hope to find the best deals, one notebook at a time.

When you add clothing, electronics, and shoes to the list, families can expect to spend about $670 this year.

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