Back to School Shopping, Less is More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s almost that time of year for students in the Sioux empire to head back to school. Preparing is leaving some parents with dents in their wallets, but one local mom has found ways to cut back-to-school shopping costs.

Maren Eggers has been school supply shopping for the last 7 years, so it’s safe to say her and her two children are now pros.

“Just over time we have learned what we need, what we don’t, and what we have already at home, we don’t need to replace,” says Eggers.

Eggers says as her children get older, they take better care of their stuff, which helps cut down the cost of things they have to buy, but that may not be the case for every family. According to a National Retail Federation, parents are expected to spend $100 per child on school supplies this year. That’s a 12 percent increase from last year and there are other items to worry about.

“Clothes is where it cost a lot more for my kids, I’d probably say we spend closer to like $150,” says Eggers.

As the demand for supplies is expected to increase, one Sioux Falls organization is hoping to help families in need of school supplies by having a free giveaway. Just last year, the Banquet’s Project SOS helped over 6,000 families with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies. The organization says they know there’s a need in the community and want to help as much as they can.

“Families are struggling with wages being low and a lot of our guests are working one or two jobs. By the time they pay rent, utilities, and put gas in the car, there isn’t a lot left over,” says Special Events Coordinator, Erika Lapour.

Eggers also feels the same, so on top of shopping for her children, she gets extra supplies to donate to organizations similar like Project SOS. In the end, she says the price doesn’t matter, as long as the children have what they need.

“Might just be $20 or something for me, but for a family, it could mean a lot more than that. So I like the reward of seeing somebody else happy and helping them,” says Eggers.

Project SOS is having their annual giveaway next Saturday at Whittier Middle School. The giveaway starts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are also looking for volunteers on Saturday and on Friday, their packing day. The shifts for Friday are from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for more information contact, erika@thebanquetsf.org

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