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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:02am
El Paso (KDBC) — As summer quickly comes to an end, parents and kids are getting ready for school to start up again. School supply shopping is at the top of the "to-do" list.
A study by the National Retail Foundation indicates, parents of grade school children are spening an average of $699 for back to school shopping. The number increases to $682 for parents with high school students. Officials expect $26.5 billion will be spend this upcoming school year. Household spending is up 5 percent since last year.
Residents across the Borderland say they are shocked at how high that average is, but that they agree that students' supply lists grow every year.
"The cost of education has gone up, I'm not sure what the number is, but has gone up much more than the economy calls for," said Tim Hurley, a resident of Las Cruces.
As school districts face cuts in spending, parents say the list grows every year.
"If we can help out in any way we can with the lack of funding, that works out, but for some parents, it can be a burden because it does get expensive," said Krista Powell, resident of Central El Paso.
to offset the financial burden, the survey also found that 25 percent resuse old supplies.
Operation Hope, Horizona Uniform Exchange are accepting donations for this upcoming school year.