How inflation can impact your shopping list – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2022-08-04 22:55:00 –

Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) — It’s back to school. It’s time to pick up your pencils, backpacks, and more.

For some teachers, it’s time to dig in their pockets.

“We probably spent over $500 this year,” said Gabriel Padilla.

Gabriel is in his sixth year teaching math at West High School. He knows shopping for school supplies is key to a successful year.

“We are struggling and we are in a place of low socioeconomic status. They look to us at school to be able to provide that,” said Gabriel.

This back-to-school shopping season will incur additional costs due to inflation. However, it may not be as bad as you might expect.

Jeremy Hill, director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Studies at Wichita State University, said, “While the national average inflation rate is 9.1%, as of June, education, books and goods were only up 3.7% year-over-year.

Hill says it’s due to broader trends.

Many families, especially low-income families, still feel the strain of back-to-school shopping.

“Sometimes you need more than districts and schools. Gabriel said.

Gabriel said many teachers are seeking community support to meet their needs. Wichita Teacher’s Wish List Doing so has been very helpful.

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