Back to School Factoids: Kids Will Spend $4.2 Billion on Supplies?!

By , dealnews Media Editor

For some students, the school year just ended. But before you step into your swimsuit and head to the beach, it's time to think about going back! And since heading back to school typically means spending a lot of money on supplies, clothes, and what-nots... are you prepared?! Check out these back-to-school numbers and get ready for next semester.

Jeff Somogyi is the dealnews Media Editor. He doesn't miss the whole "back to school" thing, because he is a grownup and can buy a TrapperKeeper any time he wants to. Read more of his college-ruled thoughts Google+, his new Twitter account, or his blog.

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Allyson, I don't know about other kids, but my child (age 7) would lose the mechanical pencils. So yes, they would cost more if I kept having to replace them! For myself, I only had to buy 2 or 3 mechanical pencils from about 5th grade through high school. Probably was much cheaper than wooden pencils for that many years!
I know pencils are only the tip of the iceberg, but am I the only one who wonders why kids don't use mechanical pencils instead of the wooden pencils? Are wooden pencils cheaper? Seems to me that it would be better to buy lead refills rather than more and more pencils. Then again, when more schools turn to tablets or tablet-like devices, pens and pencils might almost be eliminated all together.