There's just a little more than a week left until school starts. And, school supplies have been flying off the shelves for the past week. Last year, the 15 items on a T.I.S.D. shopping list plus a book bag came out to $29.51.
We set out to find how much you can expect to pay for the items on this year's list, which had 12 items. The items include: notebook paper, 10 #2 pencils, eraser, Fiskars scissors, Crayolas, ruler, glue stick, two boxes of tissue, color pencils, two yellow highlighters, two dry erase markers, and assorted water-based markers.
While some parents were shopping for the basics, others were already done and were just picking up the extras. "Hand sanitizer, manila paper, a backpack and lunch pack. I think that was it. We got school clothes too," said Jana Hawkins, 30, who was shopping for her 9-year-old son.
At the checkout counter, the grand total came out to $30.79. That's $1.28 more than last year, with three fewer items. This was only for one fifth grade student. The average American family has three children.