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Back-to-school expenses can quickly add up from new outfits and shoes, to backpacks and electronics, but is all of that gear really necessary? According to a new survey, there are a few back-to-school basics that most parents consider the most important purchases.

Ebates recently conducted a survey of 1,001 parents and 500 teens in back-to-school shopping habits. The survey found that close to half of all parents surveyed planned to spend $100 to $300 on back-to-school shopping this year. That amount is down from last year’s average budget of $250 to $500. With many parents hoping to spend less this year, the question is what are the essential items your kids just can’t live without?

As no major surprise, clothes and shoes are at the top of the shopping list. Between growth spurts and general wear and tear, you can always count on needing to upgrade your kids wardrobe at least once a year. The other top essentials were supplies, like pencils and notebooks and backpacks.

According to another report conducted by marketing and research firm, Field Agent, 53% of kids have influence of their back-to-school clothing purchases, while only 20% had a say in supplies. The top spots for back-to-school shopping of the parents surveyed included: Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree and Amazon.

What’s on your back-to-school shopping list this year? Share your must-haves in the comments below.