ALBANY, N.Y. -- With school starting in our area for many on Thursday morning, some parents spent their Wednesday evening doing some last minute back to school shopping. As any parent will tell you, that trip can do some serious damage to your wallet.
The National Retail Federation says after winter holidays, back to school shopping is second for the biggest spending season of the year.
Families with school age children will spend an average of over $600 this summer. Some are trying to cut costs,by shopping at the local Goodwill.
"Prices are very low here and the quality is very good because we do most of our own sorting and we do a lot of trafficking through the store," said Goodwill cashier Susan Cunningham.
The money Goodwill shoppers spend on school supplies will help the community too.
Goodwill uses donations to help out of work and developmentally disabled people find jobs. Donations can be given at store locations and at donation boxes outside of stores.