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It's that time of year again when parents buy everything from clothes to calculators.
Back-to-school shopping has begun.
The average family is expected to spend about 6-hundred dollars on school supplies and clothing.
Some families told 13 WHAM they are trying to save money by shopping at consignment and thrift stories and buying school supplies in bulk.
Some parents questioned some items on their back to school lists, including one that wanted a certain brand of pencil because they write better on paper.
Joe Inguagiato said he already spent 150-dollars on clothes for his daughter Aimee. And he said they weren't finished shopping yet.
Inguagiato said he tries to buy bulk supplies at stores like Staples, because sometimes he gets items cheaper. He saves extra items for next year. He said his daughter's school asked for three different calculators on the school list. He found that to be a bit too much and said one cost over a hundred dollars.
He has three daughters, but only one in school, so has time to save up for the others.
Barb King said with three daughters she has learned to shop at consignment stores for back-to-school clothing for her youngest daughter Nikki.
King said she can buy a pair of jeans for 15 or 20-dollars. Half of what they might cost in a department store.
Thrift stores like Goodwill said they also offer bargains to families looking to save on school clothing and other items.