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Heading back to class: How much you may spend for in-person learning this fall

The National Retail Federation predicts families with kids grades K-12 will spend more than $800 dollars on back-to-school items.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Whether you're counting down until your kids get back on the bus, or trying not to think about it, it's time to start getting ready for back-to-school. Because of inflation, experts predict, getting school supplies will be more expensive this year for in-person learning.

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For many, back to school shopping means big time spending. According to the National Retail Federation, families with kids in K-12 grade will spend about $849 dollars for school stuff. That's almost $60 dollars more than last year.

According to its website, NRF predicts total back-to-school spending is expected to reach $37.1 billion up from $33.9 billion last year. College students and their families are also setting records in spending. Total spending on back-to-college is expected to reach $71 billion up from $67.7 billion in 2020. The NRF predicts a lot of that money will go toward electronics, clothes, and shoes. Most parents know, classroom items for students aren't cheap either.

RELATED: Tennessee tax-free weekend for back to school coming up July 30-August 1

On the hunt for the best deals, Local 24 News took a trip to Walmart to shop for school supplies. Local 24 News used a real Back to School supply list for a 6th grade student at Center Hill Middle School in DeSoto County. All 31 items on the list cost $86.48.

Here are some ways to save:

  • Clip coupons
  • Reuse what you can from last year
  • Shop on tax free weekend in Tennessee July 30-Aug. 1

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