Clothes Are Still the Biggest Back-to-School Expense

posted by Todd Robbins - 

Most kids go back to school later this month. Which is a big stress-reliever for parents. But it also means your wallet's about to take a hit . . .

A new survey found parents will spend as much as $65 more on back-to-school stuff this year compared to 2017. And new clothes are still the biggest expense. But electronics are now a close second.

Here are the seven big back-to-school expenses you have to worry about, and how much the average parent is expecting to spend . . .

1. New clothes. $189, up from $153 last year.

2. Electronics. $186, up from $121.

3. New shoes. $95, up from $71 last year.

4. Backpacks. $45, up from $33.

5. Art supplies, including things like crayons. $24, up from $17.

6. Pencils and pens, $15, up from $13.

7. Folders and notebooks, $15, up from $12 last year.

So all totaled, that's $569 to buy everything on the list. But obviously it's just the average. Some parents will spend way more and some will spend less. 

(RetailMeNot)

Photo:  Getty Images

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