Last minute shopping for school supplies

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For parents, back to school shopping is a lot like being back in school. You need serious, laser sharp focus. Shoppers are last minute shopping for school supplies at stores all over the Triad.

Because North Carolina didn’t have a tax free weekend this year in early August, many parents say they held off on getting school supplies and are now having to rush around last minute.

Students in Guilford, Forsyth and Alamance counties all head back to school on Monday, Aug. 25.

Parents, armed with lengthy lists for school supplies, crowded the aisles at the Target store on Lawndale Drive.

Greensboro mom Kate Pierce has three children and twice as many lists. “We seem to have a lot of lists, list for English, for Spanish, list for this, list for that,” she said.

According to the National Retail Federation, parents will spend $100 on average for school supplies for each child this school year. It’s not just that the lists are long. What’s on the lists can be pricey. The cost of flash drives and graphic calculators adds up. Parents are not just on the hunt for school supplies, but also for supplies for the classroom.

Greensboro Target store manager Rhonda Stevens is also a mom and understands how stressful back to school shopping can be. Her team has been working hard keeping aisles clear and school supplies stocked.

“We have school lists here for parents, employees here ready to help parents get ready for school starting on Monday,” she said.