Back to School Average Spending: $673

August 30, 2016

From an article I read in today’s Houston Chronicle:

“Parents expect to spend an average of $673.57 on electronics, clothes and notebooks this year, compared with $630.36 last year, according to the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group. In total, parents of kindergarten through 12th-grade students say they will spend $27.3 billion on school supplies this year, up from $18.4 billion in 2007.”

We have one daughter still living at home. We probably spent around that average. One surprise large purchase we had to make this year was a TI NSpire CX calculator, which set us back around $120. As long as she doesn’t lose it, she should be able to use it through college.

How much did you spend on back to school?

6 responses to Back to School Average Spending: $673

  1. $100 for a Texas Instrument calc, $40 for notebooks, etc for our high schooler.

  2. $87 at Walmart for basic classroom supplies. Probably $320 on new clothes (Still wearing last year’s clothes too) Then there is the lunch program…sigh.

  3. For our high school child and our preschool child, including fees charged by the school at enrollment, supplies from a list provided and clothing and shoes, the total was easily over $300.00

    Of course, it didn’t end when the band had a separate check request for another $45 for sectional shirts, gloves, reeds and other stuff I’m not sure about. So… yeah, closer to $400.00 so far, but the year has only just begun.

  4. Purchasing a $120+ calculator is nuts, but I get your pain when schools require it. I wish they’d join the current century and realize that all that functionality is available via an app that kids can run on their hand help personal computers (phones) that they already own.

  5. We bought our daughter a TI-83 when she started high school. She is now a college senior and has used it every year.

  6. My 13 year old granddaughter is able to talk grandma into taking her to Kohls to use her Kohls coupons. Your estimate is probably accurate in our case.