Kalika Yap of Santa Monica shops for her two daughters, including Malia, 6, at a Gap store in Pasadena. Yap says she browsed deals online before shopping in stores. The National Retail Federation's back-to-school survey found that families will spend an average of $634.78 on their school-age children, down from a record high $688.62 last year.
Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times
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