The anomaly in online shopping is that it doesn’t appear to have been done for budgetary reasons. The online shopper will spend $874 -- 27 percent more than the average for K-12.
Another sign of improvement, even if the retailers are reluctant to say so, is that fewer college-age students will live at home: 42.9 percent this year versus 52.9 percent last year. One-quarter will live in campus housing.
Let us hope that all those school supplies, clothes and electronics pay off in a job and a career rather than a foldout couch in Mom’s basement.
Dale McFeatters writes for the Scripps Howard News Service.