08/29/2012 05:08 EDT | Updated 10/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Interactive: Adding up back-to-school supply costs

With the start of school just a few days away, parents and students are stocking up on the things they will need for the start of classes.

The costs of heading back to school can add up for families, when all of the needed school supplies are gathered.

Now you can use our interactive tool to tally up your school supply budget.

Drag items from the left column into the backpack on the right and the total cost will add up automatically. What would leave out of your child’s backpack if you were trying to stay within a $50 budget?

Note: Costs for each item were based on prices listed on the website of a major online retailer.