Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The start of the school year is right around the corner and parents are working feverishly to check everything off the supply list.
After a historically high-priced back-to-school season in 2012, this year could be a little less costly.
According to the National Retail Federation's back-to-school survey, families with school-aged children will spend about $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, which is down about $54 from last year.
The survey indicates that more parents - still weary about the economy - are using leftovers from last year and aren't splurging on electronics, especially if they already bought some last year.
If you forget your list, many stores like Target now have them readily available, but you’ll want to make sure to check it twice, as they often include a few new items.
The survey found the biggest portion of back-to-school shoppers' budgets will go toward new apparel and accessories.
For more information on the National Retail Federation's Back-to-School Spending Trends, click here