Prices rise for backpacks, notepads, pens


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Back-to-school shopping hasn’t been easy this year for Lauren Cyr.

The mother of three has searched for deals and spread out her shopping across multiple paychecks. Still, the 31-year-old sees higher price tags on everything from backpacks to paper — and the summer ritual is squeezing her family budget more than it did in prior years.

“Before I even went shopping, I will tell you, I had a full-on panic attack and cried,” said Cyr, a customer service manager living in Ruskin, Florida. “It’s just a headache.”

Cyr isn’t alone. An average family with children in elementary through high school plans to spend a record $890.07 on back-to-school items this year,…


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