The kids start back to school next week around here and that means buying ‘stuff’. Some it makes sense like new shoes since my oldest is entering Kindergarten this fall and he out grew his last pair. I would like to take the credit for keeping our over all school related bill low, but that actually was my wife.
First off she did not buy any new clothes for the start of school, instead she knows our son tends to our grow this clothes by about October. So when on vacation she picked up some pants and shirts in the next size up on clearance. So that was taken care of over a month ago. The added advantage here is this is my son’s first time at this school so having ‘new’ clothes is rather pointless as he has no friends there to impress.
Then when the school supply list arrived she went shopping for the few items we didn’t have around the house such as:
Shoes – $18.92 (splurge item to get the Transformer pair)
Plastic school box for markers, etc -$2.26
Two Sets of Markers – $5.00
Large Scrapbook – $3.29
School Fees – $13 classroom, $4.50 agenda, $4.50 bus fees for class trips
So after the splurge item of ‘cool shoes’ the next biggest cost item on the list was school fees. Overall I’m not complaining about the agenda since I know that is done at cost. I’m even ok with fee for class trips but I don’t understand what is included in the classroom fees. So my wife sent a note to the teacher asking so what is up with that, but I haven’t heard what the answer is yet.
Since we are new to this ‘back to school’ shopping I’m not sure how that total ranks compared to other people or what ideas people have on saving money on back to school shopping. So all you experienced parents out there, how much did you spend this year and do you keep you ‘back to school’ shopping bill down?