School, a 600€ (or almost) blow

The average expense of Italian families for the school year 2019-2020 amounts to 597 euros with a jump to 701 euros for those who have two children or more. Boom of the second-hand items especially for books and dictionaries. Online purchases are down. All data from BVA DOXA on behalf of the Findomestic Observatory.

The average expense of Italian families for the 2019-2020 school year amounts to 597 euros (-2% on 2018). This is what emerges from the Findomestic Observatory created by BVA DOXA. This is one of the lowest figures from 2012 to date. In fact, looking at the last 8 years it ranges from an average of 548 euros in 2012 to a maximum peak of 735 euros in 2015. Those who have two children or more, however, spend an average of 2% this year compared to 2018, rising from 686 to 701 euros. And yet along the Italian territory there are differences (and of no small importance). The prize of the highest average expense (688 euros) is up to Central Italy, while surprisingly the North West registers the lowest (556 euros).

X-RAY PURCHASES – Even though, for the 66.6% of those interviewed, books and dictionaries remain the “heaviest” item of the school basket, backpacks and stationery have been increasing for the past eight years: 47.1% of the sample, the highest percentage since 2012, believes that they are among the most expensive purchases also because, for years, schools increasingly require these materials from students. The BVA DOXA data also reveal a 20.8% response indicating the means of transport among the most substantial items of the school budget.

LESS ONLINE, MORE SECOND-HAND – Surprisingly, online purchases for books and dictionaries are falling: 5 percentage points less than in 2018 for those who rely on the web for books and dictionaries (from 50.9% in 2018 to 45.7% in 2019) . While the use of second-hand cars accelerates with a growth from 48.3% in 2018 to 52.3% in 2019. The same dynamic, less e-commerce and more second-hand, affects clothing: it grows by more than 3 points compared to 2018 the percentage (10.7%) of those who use second-hand products (a particularly widespread practice in Central Italy where the percentage rises to 23.2%), while it falls from 11.4% in 2018 to 8.7% in 2019 the percentage of those who rely on the web. Way to second hand also for computers: 5.5% of respondents compared to 4.5% in 2018 (the used PC is more fashionable in the North West, 10.9%) while it goes from 13.7% to 11, 9% the percentage of those who buy PCs for their children online. Only for the stationery items since 2013 the use of online products has grown, except for buyers of online backpacks which have decreased by 4 percentage points compared to the previous year (from 28.8% in 2018 to 24.8% of this year).

ENGLISH PRIORITIES – English is the most important subject for the future according to 60.8% of respondents followed by computer science and coding and programming language (42.4%). English is at the top of the priorities and this is confirmed by the answer to the question on the most interesting formative experience done or to have children do: for the 45% is the language course. For other respondents it is important at least for 2-3 months (28.4%) if not 6 months-1 year (26.4%) of study abroad.

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR EXPENSE – To cope with school costs, the percentage of those who rely on their current income is always higher: from 57% in 2018 to 61.2% in 2019. In the North East there is a tendency to be more self-sufficient with 74.3% of the total that draws on their personal finances. Generally, we can rely less on external aid and savings: from 37.5% in 2018, it drops to 34.2% this year. In the South of Italy, however, this component is important: 46.8% benefit from it, a double percentage compared to the residents in the North East (19.6%). Compared to the last three years, those using a loan increase: from 2% in 2017 to 3.6% in 2019.

DEDUCTIONS ON STAKE – This year is increasing the number of those who, among respondents, do not know or do not use deductions of 19% for school expenses allowed in the tax return: from 41.5% in 2018 to 45.6% of this year. If in Central Italy they exploit this opportunity better (55%), the same does not happen in the South and in the Islands (38.5%).

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