East Texans budget with last-minute back-to-school shopping amid inflation
TYLER, Texas (KETK) — For many, schools have already welcomed students for their new semester. Some families are still checking off items on their back-to-school lists, hoping to find the right prices amid inflation. Inflation means spending more, but not getting more. Many buyers say their main concern has been the higher prices.
“We had to go to multiple stores to make this all happen. We’ve also been shopping online and trying to save where we can,” said a Tyler mum, Amanda Brewer.
It’s the last night of summer vacation for many East Texas students. Some families are busy finding last-minute necessities during a time of supply chain issues and record inflation.
“It was a huge change for us. We started mixing up the families, so now where there were three kids… it’s now 5. So with inflation and everything, it’s been really difficult. You’re chasing all the deals, you’re looking or waiting for the tax exemption and your budget and you’re cutting corners wherever you can,” Brewer said.
People are spending more, but not getting more for their money. These are still great ways to save money before the new school year. Families like Brewer’s Council compare prices before buying.
“Honestly, you can get a bunch of shirts and just a few pairs of pants and you can really mix and match with everything. Of course, sweatshirts are in fashion. This old fashion sweats so much and of course you have to have cool shoes,” Brewer said.
Buying in bulk or even used and refurbished items can help lighten your wallet.
According to National Retail Federationfamilies with school children will spend an average of $864 or $15 more than last year.
“A lot of our back-to-school retailers that are popular are Buckle shoes, Trade Home – they have big brands. Altar’d State is a great stopover for ladies going back to school. The Children’s Place and JCPenney for younger elementary-aged children,” said Broadway Square Mall Marketing Manager Candace Foster.
Many families are expecting to buy fewer items this year and are only focusing on the necessities while waiting for other bargains.
“Whenever someone is looking for a great deal, all they have to do is go to our website. All of our deals are listed there,” Foster said.
To find more deals for your back to school list, click here. For a list of East Texas schools and their start dates, click here.