Edit ModuleShow Tags

School Supplies: How Much Do They Cost?

A budget breakdown




According to the National Retail Federation, parents will spend $26.5 billion on K-12 back-to-school necessities this year. That’s an average $669.28 per child, up 5 percent from last year’s $634.78. Elementary school kids cost the least, with high school kids nearing the top of the estimates. Here’s how the budget breaks down.

School supplies: $101.18 (includes backpack and calculator costs; 2014 classroom school-supply lists contained an average of 18 items each)
Clothes: $231.30
Shoes: $124.46
Electronics: $212.35-$229.88 (mainly for high school students)

Parents aren’t the only ones footing their kids’ school-supply bill. The Education Market Association reports that last school year, public school teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money — $485 per individual teacher — to augment their classroom coffers as follows.

Supplies: $149
Instructional materials: $198
“Other” classroom materials: $138 (includes tissues and hand sanitizer)

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Online Therapy Connects Pediatric Patients to Services

Online therapy services provides pediatric occupational, speech and behavioral services from the convenience of home.

DIY Crafts for Kids

Break away from Pinterest and try these crafting websites for kids.

Cold Weather, Creative Play

Kids can look great and have fun when the weather is chilly.

Add your comment:
{/if}