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Here's what's topping back-to-school shopping lists this year

Mediafeed Logo By Stephanie Colestock of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 11: With an unprecedented school year looming, parents are taking new approaches to back-to-school shopping.As the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches, American families are preparing for a much different experience than years past, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. With millions of children getting ready to return, or perhaps not return, to the classroom, the usual preparations seem uncertain.Many districts are still deciding whether they will offer in-person school days, online learning, or a hybrid solution. As a result, it’s difficult to know what back-to-school preparations should even entail for your kids. Do you buy backpacks and contact paper? Or should you create an in-home workspace instead?FinanceBuzz wanted to see how families are approaching back-to-school shopping this year. We polled parents across the country and asked how they’re spending, where they’re doing their shopping, and how this year’s budget compares to previous years. Here’s what we found. Related: 7 brilliant moves to thrive in an uncertain economy

The new normal is here — and that includes for schools

With an unprecedented school year looming, parents are taking new approaches to back-to-school shopping.

As the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches, American families are preparing for a much different experience than years past, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. With millions of children getting ready to return, or perhaps not return, to the classroom, the usual preparations seem uncertain.

Many districts are still deciding whether they will offer in-person school days, online learning, or a hybrid solution. As a result, it’s difficult to know what back-to-school preparations should even entail for your kids. Do you buy backpacks and contact paper? Or should you create an in-home workspace instead?

FinanceBuzz wanted to see how families are approaching back-to-school shopping this year. We polled parents across the country and asked how they’re spending, where they’re doing their shopping, and how this year’s budget compares to previous years. 

Here’s what we found.

Related: 7 brilliant moves to thrive in an uncertain economy

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