Published: Aug 15, 2010 10:14 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 15, 2010 7:08 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Parents from all economic backgrounds will be hitting the stores to take advantage of Florida's first sales tax free weekend in 3 years, but are the crowds they have to battle through worth the savings?

Back-to-school supplies fill the aisles of almost every retail store, but some aren't lasting long.

From backpacks to notebooks, they all make their way into shopping carts.

But in terms of back-to-school shopping, just how much are parents spending and is it worth fighting the countless others crossing off their supply lists?

"I specifically said I'm going shopping on tax free weekend, it's the reason i'm out," said Jana Farina, picking up supplies for her daughter.

WINK news did the shopping and the math... The average cost of a 2nd grade school supply list is around $38 - take off the 6% sales tax and parents are saving just $2.28.

Meanwhile, thousands others throughout southwest Florida have waited in lines - some for hours in the heat - to avoid the back-to-school bill altogether.

Free school supply giveaways have been passing out backpacks filled with supplies for weeks - valued at $29.

But nonetheless, it appears no matter how small the savings are, parents will still spend to get them.