Holding the line against back-to-school costs

Sunday morning, deep in the belly of Sunrise Mall, Reece Hartman, 16, eyeballs T-shirts at Zumiez.

Fingers slide over hangers, eyes dart from stack to stack. Eventually, the endorphins that trigger "I can't wait to wear you" will kick in.

Twenty feet away, mom surveys the situation.

"Hey Reece, look at the stuff that's on sale," says his mother, Kelsey.

More parents, 71 percent of them, according to a recent Deloitte consulting firm survey, plan on spending less for back-to-school supplies this summer than in summers past. Economic belt-tightening now includes belts.

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