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Parents Will Spend $498 on Back-to-School Stuff

A lot of parents are excited to send their kids off to school again this month.  But getting them out of the house doesn’t come cheap . . .

An annual study found the average parent will spend $498 on back-to-school stuff this year.  That’s up $20 from last year and $70 from 2019.  Only 3% of parents said they won’t have to buy anything this year.

If you need help with your shopping list, here are the top ten things we’re buying . . .

1.  Clothing.  83% of parents plan to buy their kids some new school clothes.

2.  School supplies like pens and binders, 77%.

3.  Shoes, 75%.

4.  Backpacks, 64%.

5.  Hand sanitizer, 62%.

6.  Face masks, 56%.

7.  Books, 34%.

8.  Electronics like calculators and iPads, 32%.

9.  Sports equipment, 27%.

10.  Software or apps, 21%.


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Andy Rogers

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.
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