NORWALK - A new survey conducted by the National Retail Federation suggests that people may be spending less money this year on back-to-school school supplies.

The group says that because back-to-school spending on apparel, supplies and electronics was so high last year, almost $700 per family, they are likely to spend around $50 less this year.

The survey also said that back-to-school shoppers like to head out early to take advantage of fresh inventory options and initial markdowns. The biggest portion of their budgets will go toward new clothes and accessories.