Back to school: 5 items to shop for early and 5 you can wait to buy

Back to school season often comes too quickly for parents (and kids). You’re still enjoying the last warm, leisurely moments of summer, and suddenly it’s time to start buying school supplies, setting alarms, and packing lunches again.

Considering that the average household will spend an expected $864 on elementary and secondary school supplies this year, according to the National Retail Federation, that’s a hefty chunk of change you’ll want to carefully consider how to spend. To save you some trouble for now, we broke down five school supplies you definitely want to shop for early — and five you can wait to buy later.

Buy Now!

No matter what you’re buying, you really should start your school shopping early, according to the Kids Activities blog. This will help you avoid the last-minute crowds and take advantage of back-to-school sales that start cropping up before summer is over. Here are the items most beneficial to buy early:


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