Back to school: it hurts the cash register

Back to school: ç hurt the checkout

UPDATE DAY

A few weeks before the start of the school year, the marked increase in the price of school supplies does not go unnoticed by many parents who are adopting strategies to reduce the bill.

< p>“This is my fourth child, so compared to the other three, actually, this year, I usually get by for about $90 and now it's $130 per child,” says Sarah Nex, at the exit of a large office supply chain in the Lebourgneuf sector, in Quebec.

She has noticed that some products such as sheet protectors and separators are more expensive than before.

“I didn't expect to get 130 piastres of them earlier,” laughs the mother.

She is surprised, especially since she tried to plan ahead to thwart inflation.

“The schoolbags, I'll get the [unused] ones of his brothers, so, on the contrary, I even bought fewer things than in previous years, because I recycle, which I didn't do before. »

Back to school: ç hurt checkout

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A real increase

This surge is not just the imagination of parents. Statistics Canada's consumer price index also reports a 7% jump in the price of textbooks and school supplies, from June 2021 to June 2022.

Meanwhile, requests for help are exploding in organizations.

“It was the year that cost me the most,” says Geneviève Brière, 44, from Charlesbourg , after shopping.

She claims to have had to pay “maybe fifty dollars more” than in the past.

“There aren't many specials,” remarked the mother of two elementary-aged boys. […] A satchel cost 12 and a half piastres, so it gets expensive when you need four or six.”

So, all means are good for saving.

“In general, I like to renew the equipment so that they start fresh. I don't recover a lot, but this year I thought I was going to recover on certain things, like on Duo-Tangs, things like that,” she explains.

< strong>Allowance

She consoles herself by telling herself that government assistance for the purchase of supplies, which is $108 per child for parents eligible for the Family Allowance, should largely cover the bill.

Looking for discounts, other consumers claim, on the contrary, that they have not felt a notable increase in their budget devoted to school materials.

“I find that it is comparatively the same price as in past years . Of course, you have to look at the flyers, find the right discounts, in the right places. But now with the web, you can order everything online in advance,” notes Annie Chabot, from Quebec.

– With Sylvain Larocque< /em>

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