Back To School Shopping Has Begun
It seems like just yesterday that local schools were letting out for the summer. Yet when I went into a local Walmart store Monday there it was, a full aisle of back to school supplies. A report in the Chicago Sun-Times reveals that many parents will be spending more on back to school supplies and clothing than last year.
The International Council of Shopping Centers predicts shoppers will spend about $300 this year on back-to-school items. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they plan to spend the same as last year, while 14 percent said they will spend less this year. Of the 42 percent who said they will boost their spending, about half said they need clothes and school supplies, the survey showed. No comparable data was available from a year ago, but the council forecast total back-to-school spending at $40.4 billion this year, up 2.5 percent from last year’s $39.4 billion.
It seems like the calendar moves up every year leaving the kids with less and less time to simply enjoy thinking about summer activities rather than heading back to class.