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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We really don't need reminders, but the summer is flying by, and it's almost time to head back to school.

    Ava Coleman and her children, Zamoria and Keiara were among the shoppers in North Little Rock on Tuesday.

    "We have backpacks and lunch boxes, markers and some paper and some index cards," Coleman listed.

    Noah West and Miranda Jones both attend Central Arkansas Christian.

    "We're looking for pencils, binders, composition notebooks," West said.

    "I think the prices have gone up just a little bit. It just depends on what brands you get, designs and all that stuff," Jones added.

    The lists are extensive and expensive. Most of the school districts around Central Arkansas require basically the same things--everything from paper towels to hand sanitizer. And, the prices add up. Among the items on a basic third grade supply list: a clear or mesh backpack for security purposes for $15. White binders, glue sticks, crayons and markers add up to $20, and that's only a third of the list.

    The parents THV11 spoke with Tuesday, said they spend between $40 to $50 in supplies per student.

    Timothy Espejo is a student at Sylvan Hills Middle Schools. He said all of his supplies may not be used this year.

    "Teachers will like give you a big list of stuff that they say you will need, but at the end of the year, you come home with stuff that you've never even opened. I don't know if I'm going to use the sticky notes," Espejo said.

    Deb Roush with the Pulaski County School District said this is one of the busiest weeks of the year, as parents are getting their kids ready for the school year.

    "Yes, costs are going to go up for school supplies and for uniforms, but there are certain things you can do to offset those costs," Roush explains.

    Among the recommended ways to save is to shop in advance for good deals and savings, and you can also take advantage of shopping this weekend. It's tax-free weekend, intended to help with additional savings with back to school supplies.

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