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.