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Back to School Means Back to the Stores

$634.  That's the average amount of money the National Retail Federation estimates families will spend on back to school supplies and apparel this year.

"I have a list of 20 items a piece probably," said Tracey Gates, mother of two Susquehanna Valley students.

Tracey Gates has second and seventh grader who will return to school this week.  She estimates she'll spend $100 on school supplies alone.

Tami Rudy of Norwich says this year's back to school shopping list is relatively small and that the district will provide the majority of supplies to the students.

"It hasn't been that bad.  We actually don't have a list for the kids in the fifth grade this year.  They have to have sneakers and a backpack," said Tami Rudy, mother of two Norwich City School District students.

Target employees say its more than the essentials students are shopping for.

"The biggest thing flying off our shelves this year would be all kinds of locker accessories locker wall paper.  They are even making chandeliers for lockers," said Lauren Coringrato, Target Team Leader.

"You have to get locker accessories to decorate the locker.  The hanging lampshade, the little garbage can, anything that will fit in the locker," said Gates.

According to the NRF, 95.3 percent of those with school aged children will spend about $230 on clothing and $114 dollars on shoes.

"It's one of those things you always need, new shoes. It's like one of those unspoken rules of back to school," said Vaughn Rudy.

Total back to school spending is expected to reach $26.7 billion, down from $30.31 billion last year..

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