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Parents Already Starting Back to School Shopping as Experts Predict Rise in Money Spent

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    NBC 6's Julia Bagg has more as experts have predicted more money will be spent on supplies and items for the upcoming year.

    (Published Monday, July 17, 2017)

    Even with the school year still over a month away in most areas, some parents have already started the annual back to school shopping ritual for their students.

    The National Retail Federation figures back to school spending to be at least 10 percent higher than last year – and some retailers are trying to make it earlier and easier for you this year.

    One such company is retail giant Wal-Mart, which has created an online system where parents can enter their zip code, find the school their kids attend and receive a list of supplies for their particular grade.

    “(Some parents) started as early as late June and back to school season for them is going to go all the way through...even when their child is in school,” said Ana Smith from the National Retail Federation.

    Parents in Florida will get a chance to save some money next month as the back-to-school sales tax holiday is from August 4th through the 6th. Some of the items exempt from taxes include clothing – including shoes and other items – selling for less than $60 per item and personal computers and accessories selling for $750 or less.

    For a complete list of what items are and are not tax exempt, click on this link.

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