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Back to school shopping rates drop

Back to school shopping rates drop


Shoppers are already heading towards the back to school section for school supplies, but a recent survey suggest students and parents will  spend 8 percent less. That's according to a survey by the national retail federation.

School supply carriers such as Target - set up their back to school section the beginning the July. 

"You know its crazy you get the people that come in right at first then it dies off right away," said Target Executive Team Member James Teeple.

Until what target calls "peak week" -  the busiest shopping time is around July 28th, according to Teeple. And so some early birds such as Barbara Bell wanted to make sure they have a good 

"Early you get a better selection we want to match some of the stuff," Bell said. 

A recent survey by the national retail federation says because of economic constraints families will spend an average of six hundred and $3500, which is 54 dollars less than the average last year. 

"My daughter probably two or three hundred and I spend about one hundred or one hundred and 50 then extra clothes I can get for him," Bell said. 

She says all together she and her daughter spend around five or six hundred. Luckily for her family there's no need for high tech calculators or lap tops. And another shopper says he wishes the school year could wait. 

 "Because I heard there's some mean teachers and too much homework, "said 4th grader Jackson Beatcy. 

 Even though parents and students are expected to spend 8 percent less this year, their still stopping to pick up items to donate.

 I try to get some extra and take them to work or drop off places so every little bit helps, Bell said.

"Yeah its surprising so, even with the economy your still seeing a lot of people with just one or two items picking up some extra stuff to donate, "said Teeple.

And for some spending may be less this year, but that's not the case for the Bell family.

"I didn't get to do a lot of it when I was younger it was bought for us, just the basics, so I like him to go pick out what he likes to pick out." 

The survey also found 24 percent of families are already shopping for school supplies. 


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