Back to school shopping price comparison

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The average American family spent more than $600 on school supplies last year, which included clothes, shoes and classroom supplies.

With school supply lists in hand parents are shopping around for all those necessities for the classroom.

"Actually it's fun. I never got to do this when I was little," said Marina Daquioag, who has three daughters at Salt Lake Elementary School.

The lists don't just have pens and pencils but things like antibacterial wipes, tissue and paper towels.

"Everybody is going to use it and I know it gets expensive so we should all pitch in," said Laura Cuellar, who has a daughter at Nimitz Elementary.

Some schools have more than 40 items on their supply list and it can get expensive so we did some pricing around for you. We went to Fisher Hawaii, Kmart, Target and Wal-Mart. A graphic of some of the price comparisons can be found on the right of this page.

For some it's worth it to shop around.

"Actually like three months ago I started shopping they had sales at Longs and I got a lot of the stuff they need and this is the extra stuff we didn't find at Wal-Mart," said Daquioag.

Others opt for the convenience of one stop shopping.

"No I just want to get it done and get it out of the way," said Cuellar.

Of course some price it out themselves online.

"I did my shopping online, compared prices and decided target had some good deals so that's why we came down today to check it out instead of shopping online," said April Ahunagoetz, who has a daughter in high school and a son entering college.

Whatever your shopping preference just remember most public schools start August 1st.

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