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Back to School Costs

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The First day of school is within reach for our students and that means back-to-school shopping is in full swing.

The National Retail Federation says, last year, Americans spent more than $80 billion on back-to-school costs.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman caught some of the action around the aisles this year to break down how much it's going to cost you.

It's that time of year again, when the shelves are stocked and the crowds are flowing in.

Retailers see big bucks at summer's end.

"When it gets busy, you almost have to step back and enjoy the show. You help all the guests, see if they're finding everything on their school lists," Patrick Ensrud, Electronics Team Leader, said.

Target, on 13th Avenue South, is collecting supply lists from schools up to 100 miles away.

"We're looking for the folders right now, letting them pick out their binder," Jodi Rerick, whose boys go to Bennett Elementary, said.

This year, those lists add up to more than $40 for each student.

"He's getting into the age where calculators are going to come more into play, so we're looking into that kind of thing, too," she said of her fourth grader.

And, that's just the start. Nearly all these lists recommend at least a flash drive for students, as shoppers dump more money into electronics.

"Now, you have your more high-tech calculators, graphing calculators, getting more of the memory cards, the flash drives, the iPads," Ensrud said.

But, with costs rising and kids growing, Jodi is one of millions trying to cut back.

"This is an expensive time of year, and school supplies are expensive," she said. "I think one of the reasons to bring them out is to make them more aware of what things do cost, and just to help them understand why we can reuse some of the things we have."

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