As schools around the country begin a new school year, back-to-school shopping is in full swing. And as more classrooms incorporate technology, back-to-school shopping includes smartphones and laptops along with hand sanitizer and notebooks.

In a recent FatWallet.com survey, 42 percent of parents said they plan to spend more on this year's school supplies than they spent last year.

1. 28 percent of participating parents said they plan to purchase student laptops and/or smartphones.

Of that 28 percent of parents:

2. 57 percent said laptops are better learning tools for their kids vs smartphones, 37 percent said students need both

3. 46 percent...

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