Inflation affects parents and teachers for back-to-school shopping

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – “Indulge in clothes and follow the shoes, pencils and paper. And it seems the lists get longer every year. And it’s hard to blame the teachers for that because they only have limited resources, so it’s going to be tough for a lot of people as they plan to go back to school this year,” says Jessica Huffman, mother of five.

Huffman has five children and says she’s not looking forward to back-to-school shopping with current inflation.

She says that even though she is in good financial standing, she knows many who are not as lucky as her.

“I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who I know are dreading back-to-school rosters and preparing for all that that entails,” says Huffman.

According to financial news source The Balance, prices for school supplies could rise 18% from 20-21.

Some financial experts say people may need to reassess their budget before shopping.

Mid-Ohio Valley Financial Counselor Rachel Sebring’s Consumer Credit Counseling Service, “It’s a tough time where we have to go back to the beginning of your budget and say, ‘Okay, well, that’s what am I spending now. How can I change it to fit the economy and where we are now? »

Another group that will be hit hard is teachers who have to purchase these supplies for their classrooms.

Some of them are getting creative to get the help and supplies they need.

“Something I’ve seen and really like lately is some teachers posting their wish lists online, on social media. And people kind of embrace their lists and donate,” Huffman says. “And I think that’s a really awesome way to give back.”

You can call the 211 hotline if you need help paying for back-to-school supplies.

This is the United Way’s helpline.

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