Buying for back-to-school? Check this out first

youngstown, ohio back to school shopping

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s time again for back-to-school shopping, and that comes at a cost.

This weekend’s sales tax holiday could be a big help for those looking to save money. WKBN found out what it costs to send a student back to school with the right supplies.

Schools provide a supplies checklist to make sure students have what they need.

“We put them out almost at the end of last year because we want the parents to have an advantage when the sales start to go on,” Austintown Schools Superintendent Vince Colaluca said.

WKBN’s Greta Mittereder picked up a list for a 1st grader and an 8th grader, in two different Valley districts.

The average family, with children in grades K through 12, is actually expected to spend $39 less than last year, according to the National Retail Federation. The NRF also says electronics, apparel and other school needs will cost about $630.

“We kind of asked the teachers to come up with a common supply list, keeping in mind the cost,” Colaluca said. “But also keeping in mind that we want to be very hands-on.”

For the most part, Greta tried to buy basic supplies. Although for the 1st grader, she bought a Steelers folder, and for the 8th grader, a Taylor Swift notebook, because 86% of school shoppers say their children will influence one-quarter or more of their back-to-school purchases.

The grand total for our first grader was $24.53, while the 8th grader’s supplies cost $52.27.

If you’re looking to save a few bucks, Ohio’s first sales tax holiday, which lasts from the beginning of Friday to the end of Sunday, could help.

School supplies priced at $20 per item or less will be tax-exempt.

Based on Greta’s shopping, you’d save $1.66 for the 1st grader and $3.53 for the 8th grader.

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