Angie Meyers is a mother of two, and she says school shopping isn't usually her favorite thing to do. "It seems like as they get older the lists get bigger and bigger," Said Meyers.
But she has learned from past experiences not to put it off until the last minute. "The last two years we waited until the week before school and so we were jumping from store to store to try and find the last minute items. So we're doing it early this year," said Meyers.
Education and Community Outreach Manager Terry Mills says for some, there is more to stress about than waiting in line and finding the right product. "Yeah its school time and it can be a very bad hardship on families if you didn't plan ahead," said Mills.
Terry Mills works with budgets all the time at Black Hills Consumer Credit Counseling, and he recommends saving year round for this type of spending. "Sometimes we're not very good at saving so you got to make it a priority and a goal when you save like that," said Mills. "I find the best way to do year round saving is to take some of the decision making out of it."
Mills says parents spend anywhere from $200 to $500 a year on their children's school needs. "And that includes not just the school supplies that includes their cloths, school lunches, activity fees, field trips that are going to come up during the school, you know transportation," said Mills
He also says if saving isn't an option there are other outlets. "About 70% of all students in the Rapid City School District qualify for either free or reduced school lunches," said Mills
Annual school supply drives are also held in various areas in Kota Territory. And Mills says there is no shame in needing a little help, especially when it comes to your children.