The increasingly expensive back-to-school supplies

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) Many Midlands students will be back in class in the coming weeks ae inflation drives up the cost of school supplies.

The National Retail Federation predicts inflation will add another 40% to the cost of school supplies this year. The federation also reports cCompared to the past three years, 40% of shoppers are looking to buy online to do more comparison shopping. Chris Hadley with Better Business Bureau says watch out for clickbait scams that take you to unreliable sites.

“If you’ve gone to you’ll see this ‘https’ right there. And if you go to sites that are foreign sites that have these incredibly too good to be true deals and it’s just a ‘http’, you’re not buying from a secure site,” says Hadley.

Curissa McAlister says she’s only buying essentials for her kids this year for back to school. She has tips for other parents who may be struggling to buy supplies.

“As for school supplies, they have enough free supplies that we can go to for free supplies and I know most parents got supplies from last year. Dig some of that stuff out of the closets and out of the baskets and the bassinets and let the kids go to school that way,” says McAlister.

The BBB says even if it’s the kids going back to school, it’s important for parents to do their homework on big items.

“These laptops, I-pads or any other computer accessory ensure that they do a really good job of researching brands, customer reviews and prices at various stores. This way they can get the best deal that they can find,” says Hadley.

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