School is back in session after Labor Day in Federal Way. Courtesy photo

School is back in session after Labor Day in Federal Way. Courtesy photo

Top 7 stores for Federal Way back-to-school shoppers

Sending your kids back to school isn’t cheap, but here are a few of the most popular places Federal Wayans like to shop to be back-to-school ready!

It’s back to school shopping time, and Federal Way residents are feeling the fever with the first day of school approaching.

Recently, the Mirror asked members of the Federal Way Community Watch Facebook Page where they like to shop for back to school items. Below are the seven most popular responses.

And if you don’t know where to go for all the necessities like spiral notebooks, pencil cases and binders, check out this list of the most visited stores where Federal Wayans fulfill their school shopping needs.

  1. Target. Residents like to visit the local Target at 2201 S. Commons for their fairly inexpensive prices and variety in clothing and school supplies. Shopping at Target usually comes with a slightly higher price than stores like Walmart, and for anyone who has gone in for shampoo and left with a full cart of items, you know how hard it can be to stick to a list when you shop there.
  2. Fred Meyer. People said Fred Meyer, located at 33702 21st Ave. SW, was a good place to get school supplies for their kids because of the prices. Federal Way resident Char Marriner said Fred Meyer is a good place to shop for important school supplies on sale.
  3. Ross Dress for Less. Local residents like the Ross at 32075 Pacific Highway S. because of the cost-savings they get for back-to-school clothes. Ross is known for having lower prices than stores like Target and Macy’s, so you can buy more for a lot less.
  4. Walmart. Walmart, which has locations at 34520 16th Ave. S. and 1900 S. 314th St., is another store where Federal Way residents like to shop to save money on back-to-school shopping. A typical family of four usually spends $4,000 a year at Walmart, according to Business Insider. Federal Way resident Teddy Vaifale said he chooses to shop at places like Walmart because of the savings.
  5. Macy’s. Another popular store for school clothes is Macy’s at The Commons at Federal Way for the clothing variety. Macy’s is one of the more expensive stores on this list, but they tend to have sales going on during the back-to-school season.
  6. Amazon. Some parents are shopping more online at for things they can’t buy in stores or for items their kids want that aren’t sold in local stores, such as Minecraft backpacks. For those without Amazon Prime memberships, the average amount of money spent per year per customer is $700. If you do have a Prime membership, you’re looking at spending around $1,300, according to a study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Federal Way resident Britni Laugen said she shops online for supplies and clothes because she finds great deals.
  7. Old Navy. Old Navy, the nearest one located at 1101 Outlet Collection Way in Auburn, has a variety of clothes at a decent price, so some local shoppers like to a few clothing items here to help get their kids ready for the new year. Old Navy is a more expensive clothing store, though not as expensive as Macy’s.

According to Deloitte, the average family planned to spend $510 on back-to-school shopping for the 2018-2019 school year when it comes to in-store shopping. About two-thirds of shoppers who start their back-to-school shopping before August spend about $100 more than shoppers who get a later start, Deloitte reports.

Also, a lot of Federal Way residents on the Community Watch Facebook page said the most popular school items they shop for are spiral notebooks, pencils and binders.

However, according to Scholastic, some of the most popular and necessary back-to-school items include a backpack, a calendar, labels and a water bottle.

Do you agree with my list? Let us know where you shop in the comments!

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