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Jul 31, 2018

Americans’ spending on back-to-school items for kids in grades K-12 and college students is projected to reach $82.8 billion this year, down from last year’s estimated spending of $83.6 billion. According to new survey results published by the National Retail Federation, families plan to spend the most on clothing, followed by electronics, shoes and other supplies such as backpacks and lunchboxes. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss suggests families make a prioritized list of the “must-have” items and purchase those first.

Sound Living is a weekly public affairs program addressing issues related to families and consumers. It is hosted by Jeff Wichman. Each episode shares the expertise of K-State specialists in fields such as child nutrition, food safety, adult development and aging, youth development, family resource management, physical fitness and more.

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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.