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Sticking with staples; Parents seek no-frills school supplies amid weak economy

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FARGO - Life is full of compromises - a lesson learned before school this year by Abby Kautzman.

The 10-year-old was in negotiations on an early morning this week: the regular, 24-pack of standard orange pencils versus the small pack of multicolored mechanical ones. The former was so uncool. But the latter: twice the price.

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"I compromised on an extra box of markers," said chief negotiator and mom, Stephanie Kautzman.

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