For many parents around East Texas, it seems like school supply lists are getting a lot longer and a lot more expensive.
"I have definitely seen a big change,” said Lufkin parent Emily Squires. “I mean it used to be crayons and super glue and pencils, now it's markers and map pencils and an extensive amount of items."
Squire's daughter Kylie will be in seventh grade this year. After looking at the lists some local school districts in the Lufkin area put out for their seventh grade, KTRE figured the supply list costs around $90.
"That's insane,” Squires said. “I've never paid that and I won't.”
Based on local school district's lists, KTRE figured that Kindergarten supplies will cost around $60, while 3rd and 4th grade costs around $40.
“Third and fourth grade, they're learning really key stuff like cursive handwriting, multiplication and division, so they're going to need stuff like 50 cent note cards,” Squires said.
Squires said seventh graders have more classes and are learning a broader range of new subjects. They are also implementing more technology into their curriculum which might be increasing supply costs.
However, Squires says she won’t be spending $90 on supplies this year.
"I have a trick,” Squires said. “I am an excessive bargain shopper, so if there's a bargain I'm going to find it."
Squires encouraged other parents to look for sales, different stores have them every week and most places price match. She also advised parents to be reasonable with their kids, they don't always need the latest or coolest thing.
"My kid just wanted a banana-shaped pencil holder and I was like you don't need that, but it was cute,” Squires joked. “You have to pick your battles with your kids."