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Inflation does not stop at the little ones either
Inflation affects everyone and everything.
The prices for exercise books and drawing pads are skyrocketing – inflation doesn’t stop at the little ones either. In July 2022, the costs for important school materials increased by an incredible 13.6 percent (compared to last year) – that is significantly more than the general inflation in Germany. These rose “only” by 7.5 percent in the same period.
The Federal Statistical Office (destatis) published the values on Tuesday.
“Reasons for the high price increase for exercise books and drawing pads are likely to be, among other things, the ongoing shortage of paper and the increasing costs of paper production,” the statisticians explained.
According to a survey by the market research institute YouGov for the online trading platform Ebay, parents spend an average of between 200 and 299 euros for their children to start school. In five percent of the households surveyed, it was even more than 1,000 euros. This is a financial challenge for every fourth family. For those affected by poverty there is usually only one solution: buy a used one. In July, 13 percent of those surveyed stated that they bought school satchels and pencil cases second-hand.
After all, while the prices for exercise books and drawing pads have risen above average, the price increase for other school materials was lower overall compared to consumer prices.
► Pens and ink fountains as well as fountain pens and fountain pen cartridges increased “only” by 5.2%.
► And relief for the upcoming first graders: The prices for satchels were relatively low 4.7 percent above the level of the same month last year.
The summer holidays are already over in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein. The new school year begins next in Hamburg, Berlin and Brandenburg. In Bavaria, school doesn’t start again until mid-September.