Thrifty Thursday: Back to School Savings


Marissa Hollowed

It's that time of year when you start thinking about getting your kids ready for school.  Some students will be back in the classroom in less than three weeks.

How can you save some money on back-to-school shopping?  Local 6's Marissa Hollowed has some Thrifty Thursday ideas to help lower the cost of shoes, backpacks, clothing, supplies and dorm room must-haves.

The National Retail Federation's annual survey of back-to-school shoppers finds the average person with school-age children will spend $688.62, up about $85 from last year, for a total of more than 30 billion dollars in retail sales.  

The bulk of back-to-school money will be spent on clothing -- about $246, followed by electronics at $217.  Shoes come in at just over $129. About $95 will be spent on supplies.