Bob Sirott's One More Thing: Back-to-school shopping - KMSP-TV

Bob Sirott's One More Thing: Back-to-school shopping

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One more thing, about school supplies you need to buy for the kids.

They had a list of must-have supplies in the paper Tuesday: high-tech backpacks designed for smart-phones and tablets, high performance brightly colored running shoes, noise canceling headphones…

No wonder average back to school spending on children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade - including clothes - is $688, up 14 percent from last year.

It wasn't always that way.

Maybe that's why total spending nationwide for grades K-12 will be $30 billion, up 33 percent from last year.

I remember getting all those nice, clean, notebooks with new separators and vowing every fall to reform and stay neat and organized all year.

I'm still trying.

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