Where are you shopping for back to school? Check out where the crowds will be

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A new survey from commercial real estate firm JLL asked 1,000 parents how they plan to shop for back to school

How much will they spend?

62 percent said less than $250, about 3 percent more than last year

22 percent said between $250 and $500, about 3 percent less than last year

16 percent said more than $500, about the same as last year

Where will they spend their money?

50.3 percent will go to Walmart

47.3 percent Target

15.8 percent Amazon

9.9 percent Staples

7.1 percent Office Depot/Office Max

6.8 percent Kohl’s

5.4 percent JC Penney

4.9 percent Old Navy

3.8 percent Macy’s

2.2 percent Best Buy

The school supply aisle at Target is the second most popular place for school supplies according to a survey. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN 2016

When will they get their shopping done?

54. 1 percent said they will shop at least two weeks before school

33.6 percent said between 2 and 4 weeks before

20.5 percent said more than a month before

10 percent will shop the week before school starts

3.3 percent said they won’t start until after school begins

12.7 percent shop throughout the year as school is needed

How many stores are they shopping at?

53.7 percent said 1-2 stores

32.8 percent said 3-5 stores

7.4 percent 6 or more stores

6.1 percent said no stores at all

Two years ago, we took two kids’ school supply list and went shopping for them at various stores to compare prices. Walmart did well, but H-E-B did was the big shocker. In many items it beat Walmart and others. 

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Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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