You won’t believe how much an American family will spend on average on Back to School shopping in 2017
According to the National Retail Federation, parents will spend $26.5 billion on K-12 back-to-school necessities this year. That’s up 5 percent from last year’s $25.1 billion.
Scroll down to learn more about which back-to-school supplies will fill your kids’ backpacks and the average cost each American family will spend on Back to School in 2017.
More than 14 billion pencils are produced in the world every year – enough to circle the globe 62 times.
2 billion is the estimated number of pencils used in the U.S. each year. That represents about 82,000 trees cut for pencils, as each tree makes approximately 170,000 pencils.
The average cost of a backpack is $68, and it will last approximately 5.3 months, not even long enough to complete a school year.
Total funding for K–12 education in the state of California, including state, local and federal funds, is $76.6 billion*. Each year, school districts reduce art education funding in order to balance the budget. Are colored pencils, watercolors or other art supplies on your child’s school supply list?
Most K-12 schools provide textbooks without cost, assuming there are enough to go around. Parents are expected to buy book covers and return them at the end of the school year. If you’re the unfortunate parent whose child lost a book, be prepared to pay $50-$75 for a replacement. Before writing a check to the school, check chegg.com as that same textbook may be 60% less. If you child is college bound, the average cost per semester will set you back nearly $600. Visit ecampus.com or knetbooks.com for deeply discounted rentals.
Staplers and Scissors
Staplers and scissors are no longer the “back to school” basics they once were. In a supply-and-demand world, these items are on the super cheap at discount retailers and office supply stores. Did they make your student’s supply list?
When Consumers Plan to Start Back-to-School Shopping
- At least two months before school starts: 27.1%
- Three weeks to one month before school starts: 46.1%
- 1-2 weeks before school starts: 21.0%
- After School Starts: 3.1%
- The week school starts: 2.1%