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.
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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?