If you’re still getting back to school shopping done for your kids, you may want to start clipping coupons. According to Lending Tree, U.S. parents will be spending an average of $498 this year JUST for school supplies.

Other points from Lending Tree:

  • 1 in 3 parents of school-age children expect to go into debt when shopping for back-to-school. That percentage has consistently risen over the past three years, from 26% in 2019 to 30% in 2020 and now 33% in 2021.
  • Parents struggle to afford school supplies as expenses increase. Parents of school-age children expect back-to-school shopping will cost them an average of $498, and 29% say they’re unable to afford their child’s school supplies this year.
  • Hybrid learning costs parents more than in-person-only learning or virtual-only school. Parents whose children will learn via a mixture of online and in-person school expect to shell out $775, and 42% think they’ll go into debt paying for it.
  • Pandemic-related changes to supply lists come with a price tag. 35% of parents noted that their child’s school made pandemic-related changes to this year’s school supply lists, such as more hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and laptops.

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And check out the above video for some tips on saving on school supplies!

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