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Supplies not the only factor in back-to-school costs

(Toledo News Now) -

Before you know it, fall will be here and it will be time to go back to school.

For parents that means stocking up on notebooks, pencils, and clothes - all of which usually take a chunk out of a family's budget.

A new survey done by Retail-Me-Not and the Omnibus Company finds that families spend $659, on average, on school related costs throughout the year.

So where is all this money going?

Beyond just paying for the items on those lengthy back-to-school lists, it is the extracurricular activities during the year that really adds up.

88 percent of parents say their kids are involved in these activities, which cost $396, on average throughout the school year. Field trips and fundraising drives also add up as well.

The survey also found that many parents are making sacrifices to pay for all these extras. Three in four parents said they are spending less on items like clothing, eating out, and vacations to cover the school costs. 

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