WASHINGTON (CBS13) – Parents and students will spend $82.8 billion on back-to-school shopping this year. That amount includes both K-12 and college spending.
The National Retail Federation published its annual survey Thursday and found the average family will spend an average of $684.79 each for elementary through high school students. Last year, families spent an average of $687.72.READ MORE: 'Heart Breaks Again': Homeless Advocate Speaks Out As Sacramento Police Investigate Homicide Of Possible Homeless Woman Woodland Man, 18, Accused Of Intentionally Hitting Man With Car During Argument
The biggest part of the back-to-school budget for K-12 will go to clothes.
- $236.90- Clothes
- $187.10- Electronics (Computers, Calculators, Phones)
- $138.66- Shoes
- $122.13- Supplies (Notebooks, Pencils, Backpacks, Lunchboxes)
College and graduate students plan to spend even more- $942.17 each for a total of $55.3 billion.MORE NEWS: Bishop Blesses Solar Panel's On Zero-Carbon Emission Church Building In Davis
- $229.21- Electronics
- $153.32- Clothing and Accessories
- $109.29- Dorm/Apartment Furnishings
- $102.82- Food
- $83.41- Shoes
- $78.70- Personal Care Items
- $69.46- School Supplies
- $62.61- Gift Cards
- $53.34- Collegiate Branded Gear
77% of K-12 shoppers plan to start back-to-school shopping at least three weeks before school begins; 67% of college shoppers will start shopping that early; however, most plan to wait for the best deals to complete their lists.