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People shop for school supplies at a Target store in Miami, Fla., on July 27. Marta Lavandier/AP hide caption

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Binders, backpacks... and inflation are on this year's back-to-school shopping list

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Some families already got a head start on shopping for the school year when Amazon, Walmart, Target and others held huge summer sales. Now, parents are getting a new financial boost from the government: an increased child tax credit of up to $3,000 for school-age children. Michele Abercrombie/NPR hide caption

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Families Splurge On Clothes And Electronics In Likely Record Back-To-School Spree

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A shopper walks past shelves of school supplies at a Target store in San Rafael, Calif. Preparing for both in-person and virtual learning has families budgeting for new school supplies and bigger purchases. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Confusing Back-To-School Season May Lead To Blockbuster Spending

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Retailers are optimistic about back-to-school sales because the job market has been strengthening and gas prices have been falling. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Back-To-School Shoppers: Hunting For Tax Breaks And Bargains

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