With the school year now officially underway, many parents have spent countless hours at local stores helping their students find the right pencils, perfect "first day" outfits and fill school supply lists.
The National Retail Federation projects that parents of children in grades K-12 will spend nearly $689 on their children's back-to-school needs, almost $85 more than last year.
. But some criticized the tax holiday as being too little, too late.
Bringing us to our questions of the week:
How much have you spent on your students' personal back-to-school needs and school-required supply lists? Is it a reasonable amount?
Do you agree with all the items on the school list or believe some seem unnecessary?