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School supplies cost more this year

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While back-to-school shopping is kicking into high gear, a new study shows it could cost you a lot more this year.

According to a Huntington Backpack Index Poll, school supply prices have jumped an average of 7.3 percent.

They say almost every basic item has risen in cost since last year, some by up to $10.

Shopper Teresa Page say the amount of supplies she's required to purchase for her two sons has doubled.  

"Where we use to buy two glue sticks we are buying eight a piece," said Page.
 
Despite the projected increase in supplies, fees and activities.

The National Retail Federation is reporting the average back-to-school spending will be $635, which is down from last year's average of $689.

Total spending is expected to be about $27 billion.  

According to the Huntington Report, this year parents can expect to pay an average of $577 in supplies and activity fees for elementary students and $763 for middle schoolers.
    
That's about a 5 percent increase over last year.
    
Parents of high school students could pay more than $1000, which is up about 9 percent compared to last year.

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