Posted at: 08/16/2013 12:26 PM
Updated at: 08/16/2013 2:03 PM
By: Dan Bazile
ALBANY - Summer is not over yet, but the back-to-school shopping season is in full swing.
Many parents are heading to the stores with a long list for the kids.
Parents flocked to the aisles at Walmart in Albany.
Some of them are confused as they stare at a long list of items for their kids to go back to school.
Retail experts say back-to-school is the second biggest shopping event behind Black Friday, but families are planning to spend a little less this year.
A national retail federation survey found that parents will spend an average of $634 compared to $688 last year.
Many parents may choose Walmart. According to Consumer Report, they have some of the lowest prices. Store manager Sabrina Towne says more than 200 for back to school are under $1.
The most sought after folders and notebooks -- have well known faces and characters on them -- the group One Direction, Hello Kitty and Duck Dynasty are the top three.
The best advice -- don't wait last minute.