RALEIGH —Shoppers across the nation are filling their carts with back-to-school gear.
"A lot of parents have kindergartners going to school for the first time. Backpacks are definitely our biggest seller. Kids want backpacks with the latest and hottest characters on the backpack," Kmart manager Jimmy Sidney said.
The National Retail Federation said families will spend more on back to school items this year. Total spending is expected to reach $26.5 billion.
"My daughter alone, it's $250 just for her uniform between class and gym,” parent Justin McMullen said.
"Between all the school supplies and all the clothes for the children, $700 will be a standard for most households," Christina McMullen said.
While the numbers are strong, Those in North Carolina may end up shelling out more. This year, the state is not offering its annual back-to-school sales tax break.
"Definitely a lot of people will miss the tax-free weekend," Sidney said.
With costs up, some people are looking for a way to save while stocking up by turning to generic brands.
The average American family with kids grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on back-to-school items.