One range program is doing what they can to lessen that financial strain for families that are unable to purchase school supplies for their kids.
They're things many of us don't think twice about.
Paper, pencils, pens, and folders find their way into shopping carts without a second thought, but for some families, these basic school supplies are simply too much.
Marcine Drift is the secretary for the Virginia Salvation Army.
Every year the Army holds a school supplies drive at the Thunderbird Mall in an effort to collect supplies for families that can't afford to purchase them on their own.
"It makes such a difference. We have even had people call us or come in and say 'you know you made a world of difference for our kids because otherwise there is no way we could have gotten all this'," said Drift.
Drift says every year the "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive helps more than 2 hundred children in the Virginia area go to school prepared with the school supplies they need.
Lists at the donation drop off show what is needed at which schools.
"People like to get the little kid ones with princesses and cars on them. We always end up with ample amounts of that but we always lack in the teenagers," said Drift.
Specialized calculators and backpacks for older kids are always needed.
Lynn Solomon is the marketing director at the Thunderbird Mall and says everyone around the area looks forward to participating in the event.
"It's such an annual event now that shoppers are actually calling ahead of time to ask when it is going be held because they are ready to donate and help out the area school children," said Solomon.
The "Stuff the Bus" drive goes through the 14th.
Donations can be dropped off at both the Thunderbird Mall location as well as the Virginia Salvation Army building.