We are less than a month from the first day of school, and the back-to-school shopping rush has begun.
But have you noticed prices are higher this year?
Nationally, school supplies have gone up 7.3 percent, much higher than the 1.8 percent inflation rate.
"I always wait for the sale," said back-to-school shopper Liz Earnshaw. "I didn't come shopping until it went on sale. Because I don't want to pay double the price for something like crayons. You can pay 50 cents rather than a dollar something. That doesn't seem like much, but when you have three kids going to elementary school, it adds up."
The traditional mid-summer sales didn't happen.
"What I've seen in the sales ads and stuff, nothing seems to be that much on sale compared to year's past," said parent Mary Beth Piere.
Schools put out a list of supplies students are expected to bring, but not all of them have released it yet.
Piere hasn't received her kid's list yet, meaning she'll be fighting the crowds at the last minute.
"Probably," Piere said. "It's been that way for the last two years for me. Then trying to find the supplies because some people get their shopping done sooner and they don't restock."
For parents of high school kids, it can be even more expensive and time-consuming.
On top of the regular items needed, most teachers want specific items for their class and students won't get that list until the first day of school, meaning another shopping trip and a double dip into the bank account.
Most schools list the supply lists on their websites.
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