NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — Inflation is hitting parents’ pockets hard, and spending on school essentials, like clothes and supplies, is at an all-time high. However, making the switch to secondhand stores can help you save.

Prices at Goodwill are a fraction of what you can find at retail stores. FOX 56 met with Ben Haydon, Goodwill’s communication manager, to find a few back-to-school outfits for less. Every outfit included shoes and cost less than $20.

Goodwill also features a school supply section. Everything from calculators to crayons can be found for less than $10. For comparison, a 12-pack of Crayola colored pencils on Amazon costs $9.21. The same product is less than $1 at Goodwill.

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, higher prices are taking a bigger bite out of budgets, driving record spending. Families are expected to spend an average of $890.07 on back-to-school items, which is about $25 more than last year. That’s why more people are turning to thrift stores to keep their budgets in check. Another survey by Morning Consult shows twice as many parents say they’re buying used home goods and school supplies this year compared to last year.


“People love to come in and just do that bargain hunting and find that unique piece,” said Haydon. “Whether it’s this one shirt or a whole wardrobe of stuff, people love coming in and finding those things.”

Haydon’s best advice for shoppers at Goodwill is to take your time browsing through the racks for the best deals. The store also offers additional discounts throughout the week.