By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's that time of year again for your kids to go back to school. What's on your kids supply list this year? You might notice there's a laundry list of added items making you spend more than you bargained for. "It gets longer and longer. I mean this probably has 25 things on it," says parent, Grey Speed.
"Home finances are tight, school finances are definitely tight. So we do try to be careful to not overburden our families," says Michelle McCord, Frenship Assistant Superintendent.
About five years ago supply lists used to have crayons, markers, writing tablets, scissors and a few more items. Now families can look forward to buying items like headphones, cotton balls, zip block bags, baby wipes and a laundry list of heath items.
Grey Speed, a mother of seven says it's a nightmare shopping because school supply lists grow every year. Luckily, she is just getting what her sixth grader needs. "We go broke at the beginning of school."
Other parents have also noticed new items on their lists and say it really adds up. "It is overwhelming, but we just take our time so we can get the best bargains," says parent, Hishia Conner.
Stores are gearing up for back to school and they do have some good deals. But with growing lists parents are having to dig a little bit deeper in their wallets this year.
"Clothes, jeans, T-shirts, backpacks, things like that and school supplies as well. Colored pencils, notebooks, binders," says Conner.
And parents are not just buying the average pens and paper. They can expect to purchase dry erase markers, electronics and sanitary wipes. "We do have some different school supply items that you may not have seen in years past. It has to do with health concern that have come up in the last year with the H1N1," says McCord.
So how much does an average sixth grader cost getting the bare minimum of supplies? A shocking $134.19. "I think that's a lot, You think they just pencil and paper. Obviously it's a lot more. I didn't think we would spend that much," says Speed.
"It's the one time of the year teachers have the opportunity to ask kids to bring things to school. And I know it's hard for parents because they're doing new school clothes, and if you have more than one child, it does get expensive," says McCord.
However, parents can get a break on some school supplies starting Friday for tax free weekend. And better yet, parents can get help with free school supplies with the Stuff the Bus program sponsored by the South Plains Food Bank also starting Friday. To be eligible you will need a school supply voucher from your school.
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