Back to school shopping expensive, but time well spent Submitted: 08/28/2016
TOMAHAWK - For many kids back to school shopping means new books and backpacks for the first day of school.

However, for some parents the money and time spent shopping can add up.

"I'm going to end up all over this entire store just trying to find all the stuff that they need," said mother Deanna Sukow.

Sukow and her three children have a long shopping trip ahead of them. With a daughter in elementary school, a son in middle school, and another son entering high school. She knows just how expensive back to school shopping can be.

"Last year, even without gym shoes and clothes it was probably close to $200 just for their supplies, for all three of them," said Sukow.

This year is no different for them.

"I think today it's going to just be the school supplies and stuff and then the next time I get paid it'll be more like the shoes and clothes and stuff like that," said Sukow.

For most families, back to school shopping means more than just pens and notebooks. As a mother and store manager, Amber Chula knows getting everything a child needs can be hard.

"It all comes at a crunch and you get a lot of supplies and you have to buy it. Especially if you have multiple kids, you know, that could be a crunch in the budget a little bit," said Chula.

With a tight budget, some families just don't have the financial means to buy every item on a school list, but the time Chula spends with her family back to school shopping is priceless.

"You take your kiddos out and you get them some clothes and some school supplies. Sometimes it's a little bit overwhelming. There's a lot of different supplies," said Chula.

Although back to school shopping can get overwhelming for families, schools are suggesting students color coordinate their folders and notebooks in order to help them identify what books go to each class.

On the Tomahawk Middle School Supplies List parents are also encouraged to purchase multiple items from the list when the supplies are on sale.

11-year-old Benjamin Rodriguez enjoys back to school shopping with his parents.

"Just getting all the new stuff before school," said Rodriguez.

He'll be going back to Tomahawk Middle School this week with some new school supplies and a great attitude.

"Doing new stuff every day, so I'm not just really sitting around the house all the time," said Rodriguez.

Story By: Allie Herrera

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