SEATTLE — Stores all around the Puget Sound have their back to school displays out for shoppers. The National Retail Federation says the average family will spend more than $600 on clothes, electronics, and school supplies for back-to-school.
To help parents, some schools offer pre-packed boxes of supplies; schools that participate will often provide parents with a link where they can buy a box that’s packed and ready on the first day of school. These boxes normally sell for between $40 – $60 and contain all the supplies students need.
Q13 FOX’s sister station in Memphis, WREG, did some comparison shopping to see if these boxes are more cost-effective for parents. They found that it’s usually about $5-$10 cheaper for parents to buy the supplies individually than it is to buy them pre-packed. You can see their story above.
Many school districts who offer the boxes use them as a fundraiser, so it’s not necessarily driven by profit. The districts often set the price for the boxes.