It's time to stock up on school supplies again, but that doesn't mean you have to shell out a fortune for all those pencils and glue bottles. The essential back to school items from Target for $5 or less will keep both your child and your wallet happy.
If it feels like back to school shopping gets a little pricier every year, well, you aren't imagining things. On average, US households spend an average of $112 on school supplies, according to a 2018 Deloitte Survey. Oh, and this amount doesn't even include clothes, computers, or electronic gadgets. It's just the basics, such as pens, pencils, and notebooks. It's a good bit of cash, but your kid does need the right tools for school.
That said, parents are handling these price increase cleverly. "Parents aren't just spending more money on back to school, they're getting more strategic with their shopping," said Shopping & Trends Expert for RetailMeNot, Sara Skirboll, in Markets Insider. "We found that 85 percent have given themselves five weeks to gather all the necessary school supplies for the start of the school year." Giving yourself plenty of time to round up the supplies can help.
Another way to spend strategically on back to school shopping is to find a store where most all of the supplies are affordably priced. That's where Target comes in, because it offers low priced school supplies all season. You and your kid can prep for the incoming school year with budget-friendly supplies. Oh, and they're all super cute as well.