Back-to-School is No Bargain for Some


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MASON CITY, IA – ‘Tis the season for back-to-school shopping!

Now is the prime time to get your lists out and head to the store to get your children everything they need for the new school year.

KIMT News 3 is finding out how this year’s school supplies could put a strain on wallets.

Believe it or not we’re about one month away from the new school year and that means crunch time for back to school shoppers.

It’s that time of year again when students and teachers are preparing for the new school year.

But this year, picking up those back-to-school necessities could be costing them both a little more.

For tax write offs you’re allotted $250. I would say a good majority of teachers every year spend that $250 plus,” says Marcia Boster.

And she’s right, a new survey from found that about 87% of teachers are paying for school supplies out of their own pockets.

Boster has been a teacher for 16 years and says she’s found herself shelling out some serious cash for the school year.

“I can remember one year spending about $500-600 maybe out of my own pocket, but stuff you buy yourselves, you get to keep those,” she says.

Now the price of school supplies seems to be climbing. According to Huntington’s Nation Banks annual Backpack survey, school supplies cost about 7%more this year than they have in the past.

But managers we talked to at Target say they haven’t seen that trend.

“Nope, everything is pretty much standard, they stay the same year to year, it looks like,” says Theodore Bhagyan, a manager at the store.

But regardless of the prices, he says they’re items that everyone needs.

“I don’t really think price changes the shopping patterns especially back to school stuff. Every year you get your back to school list you got to buy the same stuff every year and its kind of just how it works for school kids,” says Bhagyan.

But Mrs. Boster says while spending extra money is not ideal, it’s a part of being a teacher.

“You’re here to teach the kids so what ever you need, you’re going to provide that for the kids so you can have a successful school year.”

Marsha says that the school does supply teachers with some school supplies but she says “use what you have” is the best mentality.

If you want to save some money on your back to school shopping, we’re here to help!

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