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Study: Cost of School Supplies Up More than 7%
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Shopping carts are filled to the brim with back to school basics at retail stores all over the country.
Back to school shopping is a time of year most parents say is hard on their budgets.
"When the things go on sale, that's when we get them," said parent Jenny Scott.
Saving on supplies may be harder to do this year.
According to a study from Huntington National Bank, the prices of school supplies have jumped 7.3 percent.
The study says parents are expected to spend 5. 3 percent more on supplies for elementary and middle school students compared to 2012.
Supplies for high school students are up 9.5 percent from last year.
"Crayons, you used to be able to get a box for 10 cents, now they're anywhere from 20 to 50 cents," Scott said.
She knows all about pinching pennies, having to school shop for four of her five children.
Thats a lot of pencils and pads that Scott says are making her keep an even closer eye on her weekly coupons and circulars.
"We kind of watch them and compare where we can get the best prices," she said.