ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Back-to-school shopping can be a stressful time for parents, especially with the additional cost of inflation this year.

One Roanoke parent says she’s taking all the opportunities she can to make extra money, but there are also resources available in the community so she can get free items for her children.

“There’ll probably be a lot more people, families going to these community events for the free stuff because times are hard and, I mean, they’re going up on prices on everything, but jobs aren’t paying more,” said Da’Naisha Jackson. “They’re still paying the same amount, you’re not getting a raise at work.”

Meanwhile, Katrina Wood, whose child goes to Woodrow Wilson Middle School, spoke with WFXR News about what she does before school starts to make sure she doesn’t get all her bills at one time.

“Inflation is making me even more careful in how I’m spending money on things and that’s why I start buying supplies for the next school year early,” said Wood, adding that she’s already bought most of her son’s school supplies for the year.

According to Wood, Roanoke City Public Schools does have basic supplies available for families if they are unable to afford them.

In addition, Virginia’s sales tax holiday is taking place from Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7, which means you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, and footwear without paying the sales tax.

However, the back-to-school spending doesn’t stop with supplies. Since all bills are heightened right now and money is tight, parents also fear it’s going to be challenging to get their kids into extracurricular activities or other interests.