By now you've probably seen a bevy of back-to-school commercials plugging calculators, clothes and crayons. Stores have their paper, pens and pencils in prominent places.
It's a big season for retailers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American families spent about $8.5 billion in clothing stores and $2 billion in bookstores last August.
How much do you anticipate spending to send your children back to school? What items have your kids' teachers requested? Do you recycle supplies from year to year?