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So, this is a big weekend for back-to-school shopping.  How much will it cost you?  

It may come as a surprise to learn, according to a new survey, Canadian parents will spend more on back-to-school than they did on Christmas last year.  No kidding.

53% of Canadian parents agree that back-to-school shopping puts a financial strain on their families with the costs of clothing and technology rising to new heights.

On average, Canadian families will spend $883 this month to get the kids ready to get back to the books and that's about $325 more than they spent on the children last Christmas.

Among the items in demand from the kids are new clothing and shoes along with cellular telephones and technology like I-Pads and laptops.

And, it's interesting to note, 62% of parents believe getting their kids what they want is more important than saving money.  That wasn't the case when we were kids, was it?

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