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Texomans Begin Back To School Shopping

Wichita Falls, TX - Parking lots have seen quite a bit of foot traffic this summer. First the summer rush and now parents and kids are back at it again. 

The National Retail Federation estimates shoppers will spend about $68 Billion on back-to-school shopping this year. 

"We're looking for shoes, athletic type clothes,too. Both of my girls play sports," said Lori Phillips, a teacher and mother of two daughters. "We just go through some shoes shopping, now we're on to clothes."

Families with children in grades K-12 on average are expected to spend more than $630 this year. 

While parents and grandparents like Lori Wilburn are looking for good deals, they are also considering the best method of shopping to get all the things their students need.  
     
"I don't like to shop online. you got to pay the shipping and handling," said Willburn.

That's not always the case. There are some online retailers that offer free shipping, but if you have other concerns going in store may be best for you. 

"You can see what you're getting, you can try it on and makes sure it fits. Sometimes you just don't get the right size," said Willburn. 

One thing most of us can agree with, we do not like shopping when stores are packed and we also hate the idea of dolling out cash all at once. that's why some shoppers say they do it over time. 

"A lot of people just can't afford it to go out and buy right there and then, all of it, the whole wardrobe," said Willburn.

Some parents we talked with say while they have not begun back to school shopping, they will wait until the state's Tax Free weekend to take advantage of the added discount on school supplies, clothing and shoes.

If you are looking to do some shopping during this year's Sales Tax Holiday it will be August 7-9.

Jimmie Johnson, News Channel 6

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