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Families ready to buy supplies before first day of school in Billings

Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:54-04

BILLINGS- Notebooks, pencils, backpacks and lunch boxes are all at the top of many school supply lists.

School starts on Thursday, Aug. 23 for the Billings Public Schools.

A National Retail Federation survey shows families will spend an average of $122.13 on school supplies for each child.

That list includes notebooks, pencils, backpacks and lunch boxes.

“With the economy thriving, thanks to tax reform and growing consumer confidence, we expect to see a very strong season,”  the trade group’s CEO Matthew Shay said in a news release

The survey also shows families will spend an average of $684.79 for all school supplies including clothing, computers and electronics.

Meanwhile, a Deloitte survey shows average spending on school supplies at $112.

“The amount people plan to spend and tendency to shop in physical stores for back-to-school are consistent with last year,” said Rod Sides, vice chairman, Deloitte Consulting LLP and U.S. Retail, Wholesale & Distribution leader, in a news release.

Deloitte shows total spending averages $510, which includes clothing, computers and electronics.

School District 2 has back to school supply lists on its website for its 22 elementary schools and six middle schools.