Back to School season exciting, and expensive, for families

As kids get ready to head back to school, families head to stores for school supplies, looking for the best deals. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

As kids get ready to head back to school, parents know that it's time to buy school supplies.

Leah Speer is shopping with three boys.

"It's insane," said Speer.

But these morning ventures will soon be a little less chaotic. Two of her kids are about to start school.

"It's gonna be so fun," said her 7-year-old Luke. "I can't wait to go back."

"Don't forget your school stuff," advises 6-year-old Zeeland.

Stores across town are filled with school supplies.

Walmart manager Sunhsine Nelson said Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Finding Dori top the trend list this year.

"You gotta have a cool bookbag," said Nelson. "You gotta have a cool bookbag and you gotta have a cool lunch box."

It's an exciting and expensive time.

"A binder and dividers," said 10-year-old Sidney Johnson, reading off her supply list. "Scissors, pencils, I have a lot of stuff to get."

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The National Retail Federation expects parents will spend $350 on clothing and shoes, $200 on electronics and more than $100 on school supplies. That adds up, so of course parents are looking for the best deal.

"Before I leave to come here, I check to see what I'm going to get a deal on that day," said Speer.

You can find deals online, on your phone and on tax free weekend.

Plus, stores are filled with hundreds of items for less than a dollar.

Another way to save is to reuse.

"I'm using my old backpack," said Luke.

The soon-to-be-second-grader doesn't want to spend money, especially his own.

"I save it," said Luke. "I want to live in Grande Dunes when I grow up."

He's a student already planning for after graduation.

Tax free weekend starts Friday, August 5 and goes through the weekend.

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