Back to school spending, how much to you envision?

My kids start back to school in September and I already have it in the budget for August to buy back to school stuff. According to the Dallas Morning News, the average family will be spending $669.28 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics. I don't see spending quite that much, if this is per child, but together it may be close. Both kids need shoes, supplies are always an arm and a leg (especially with a high schooler) and I'm sure we will be grabbing a few outfits as well. My wallet is already crying, lol.

So, do you think this article is accurate when it comes to back to school shopping? Are you planning to spend about this amount, more or less?

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/2014…

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    07/17/14
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    07/17/14
    Oh wow, you have to pay book rental? I remember when I was in school we had to do that. It was pretty expensive if I recall right. They don't do that here, for elementary the books stay in class.There's lots and lots of worksheets. For Mini, if she loses a book I just have to pay a huge amount for it to be replaced. As you can guess I have had long conversations with her about how she better not lose one. ;)
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      08/14/14
      Melissa Middleton
      That seems like a better idea since kids grow so fast.
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        07/17/14
        8Theresa Gould
        I only spend about $200 on school supplies for my eight children!
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        08/14/14
        Melissa Middleton
        You shop like I do then.
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        08/14/14
        8Theresa Gould
        I wait for the sales and stock up!
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        08/14/14
        Melissa Middleton
        That's the best way to do it. We also do that for Christmas and birthdays.
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          08/14/14
          Melissa Middleton
          I look on the discount racks and buy for the next size up so they will have it when ready instead of paying the full price. We also shop Goodwill.
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            08/14/14
            My friends in Nebraska are spending around $200 for four-five kids plu a $50 laptop deposit for ones sixth grade and above
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