Back-to-college spending on track to make bigger—but later—splash


College students shopped for back to school items.

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Jade Dedrick spent the past year holed up in her childhood bedroom taking college classes on video. She had a short back-to-school shopping list last fall: a five-subject notebook, colorful pens and a planner.

This week, the 20-year-old college senior returns to Howard University and her list is much longer. She wants to buy a beanbag chair, plants and artwork to help decorate her off-campus apartment. She needs cleaning supplies, a vacuum and food to stock the fridge.

She said she has not yet tackled all of that shopping — or added up how much those purchases may cost.

“I’m scared to ballpark…


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