From basic schools supplies to extracurricular activities, sending your child back to school can put serious financial strain on your family’s budget, even if you’re careful to look for sales and discounts.
Between 2007 and 2016, the cost of supplies and extracurricular activities has increased by 88 percent for elementary school students, 81 percent for middle school students and 68 percent for high school students, according to the 2016 Backpack Index, an annual survey of the cost of school supplies and other expenses compiled by The Huntington National Bank and nonprofit Communities in Schools.
And there was a 7 percent spike in fees for extracurricular activities for all grade levels.
Take a look at the average cost of items your child will need when heading back to school, from cheapest to most expensive, based on the Backpack Index from 2015 and 2016.
(Disclosure: Communities in Schools is a partner of NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations' Supporting Our Schools campaign.)