- Back-to-school shopping is getting underway in the US, and families are preparing for a bigger bill.
- Grade-school families plan to spend $849 on average, up $59 from last year, according to a survey.
- Electronics had the biggest spending increase of any category, and half of families plan to buy a laptop.
The back-to-school shopping season is at its peak heading into August, and families across the US are braced for a new spending record.
Collectively, families with children in grade school will shell out more than $37 billion on school supplies, up from about $34 billion