Do you spend too much on back-to-school supplies?

Replay the Saskatoon Morning live chat.
CBC News reporter Adrian Cheung checked the prices for a list of supplies for a Grade 7 student and found the bill reached $125. (CBC)

It's back-to-school season. Yes, it's a season for retailers. 

According to the Retail Council of Canada, back-to-school is the third highest spending time of the year. Spending on pencils. Pencil crayons. Pens. Glue. Scissors. Erasers. Clothing. And the list goes on. 

We looked at a list of school supplies for the average Grade 7 student and the cost was $175. 

Saskatoon Morning asked its audience the following questions: What do you think? Is that too much?  Is there too much pressure to buy back-to-school supplies -- from your kids, schools, retailers? How do you keep costs reasonable? 

Replay the live chat below, or if you'd like to weigh in, leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Join online host Matt Kruchak from Monday to Friday between 6-8:45 a.m. on for a lively and engaging live chat. While chatting, tune into Saskatoon Morning on 94.1 FM with host Leisha Grebinski.


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