AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's that time of year when parents fill up their shopping carts with school supplies for their kids.
The cost of those supplies can quickly add up, especially for those with several children in various schools.
That's why some Austin parents contacted KXAN, concerned that some stores around town might be giving out the wrong supply lists.
"I picked it up and I was looking at it and realized I didn't recognize any of this stuff, " Christine McBride said.
McBride is the mother of three, and her oldest is about to start third grade at Summitt Elementary School.
Austin schools begin in just a few weeks, and McBride wanted to beat the crowds by hitting the store early. She went to the Target at State Highway 183 and Great Oaks Parkway.
She quickly realized there was a problem.
"It wasn't just a little off, it was completely different to the fact that [I was thinking] maybe I'm looking at the wrong grade," McBride said.
She said the list Target had for her son's third grade class was completely different from the list on the school's website.
"I Googled it on my phone and found the email and was able to notice they were not correct at all," McBride said.
KXAN checked, too. Target actually had two different lists for Summitt Elementary School.
That wasn't the only store where parents had complaints. The Walgreens at Parmer Lane and Amherst Drive also has had different lists. A check of the store turned up a school supply list different than what's on the school's website.
Walgreens officials were appreciative of KXAN's efforts.
"Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We followed up to make sure we have an accurate school supply list for Summitt Elementary in Austin. The Summitt Elementary list is now available in our store and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused," a Walgreens spokesperson said.
So parents, before you buy anything, be sure to check the store's return policy, and to be on the safe side, get your student's supply list directly from the school before shopping.
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