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With schools set to start, back to school shopping could put a dent in your wallet

Posted at 11:36 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 02:37:48-04

While kids may be excited to go back to school, it can be a stressful and expensive time for parents and families.

Back to school is a big shopping season, second only to the holidays, and as school starts up again, students won't be the only ones doing math.

Their families are adding up the numbers at stores.

"Probably $600 by the time we bought everything," said Victoria Cheatwood, Avila Beach resident.

"We probably spent overall about $600 on clothes and shoes," said Annie Woo, Arroyo Grande resident.

The National Retail Federation estimates about $80 billion will be spent this year on school supplies for students ranging from kindergarten to college, but parents say they are trying to find ways to save.

"We've been buying back to school clothes and shoes, probably now for the past like month, trying to find sales in July," said Cheatwood.

"My wife does reviews for some of these products just so we get a discount," said Gutesha.

Even when deals and savings can be found, back to school shopping can be a stressful time.

A survey by RetailMeNot found stress levels are higher this year with around nearly half of parents feeling the impact.

"It's all expensive, it's a lot of pressure, things can get pretty tense," said Gutesha.

But in the end, parents say it's worth it for the kids.

"It's a fun time, it's very exciting, new haircuts, new clothes, new digs," said Woo.

"It's definitely worth it, we just wish the price could be less," said Gutesha.

With schools starting up next week, back to school shopping could set you back hundreds of dollars per student, if it hasn't already.