LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new survey suggests that this year parents are spending less on back-to-school items compared to last year.
Deloitte's annual back-to-school survey finds consumers more confident about the economy, but that doesn't translate to more willingness to spend.
Parents plan to spend an average of $428 on back-to-school, down from about $600 last year.
And just in time for back-to-school shopping, Virginia and North Carolina are giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.
The sales tax holiday begins Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 4.
During the four-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.
Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.