(WKTV) - The average family is expected to spend an average of $699 on back to school items this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
That's up five percent from last year. The Staples in New Hartford started prepping their shelves for school supplies in July, but the past two weeks have been the busiest.
The general manager of Staples says students come in looking for everything from basic pencils and paper to laptops and tablets.
The tech stuff can get expensive, but there is a new recycling program that could save money for shoppers.
"Binders are obviously a huge thing," said Craig Semans, general manager. "We have a great recycling program for binders that people might want to know about. A $2 credit when they turn in the old binder to buy a new binder, and that saves some people some money."
Staples also has deals with Teen Vogue and Nickelodeon this year.