Back To School

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Back To School
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 9:37am

Its the most wonderful time...of the year! (Staples commercial and one of my favorites)

What are people spending these days on school supplies? I realise it depends on what grade your child is in so maybe include  that.

It is not my  turn to buy supplies this year(it is my exhusband's turn) so I won't have that expense. But I did buy some clothing and shoes for the boys. That was about $150. I know I may have to buy my oldest more shoes half way though but I just hate spending huge money on shoes for them. They wreck them if they are cheap or not. They are so hard on shoes!

Anyway just curious as to what people are doing?

 

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Registered: 10-02-2011
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 10:25am
My office printer just broke. I won't buy a replacement with my own money, that's for sure.

For me, back to school begins with endless rounds of coffee...

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Registered: 10-09-1999
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 10:28am

No back to school here, but "endless rounds of coffee" sounds extra good especially when fall arrives!!  I always shop for myself in Fall & Spring for clothes...just love them & get so tired of the same ones to wear to work!  I do love bargains though...

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:11pm
Last year I started DD with cheap-ish folders and they kept falling apart. Finally got her a decent one.

The thing is, they HATE reusing something from the year before.

DD12 is kind of, sort of, understanding the concept of how much expenses all hit at the same time. Supplies, clothes, fees and registration for sports, classes, etc.

Finally got her somewhat convinced that getting a little bit before school starts gives her a chance to see what other kids are wearing, using, doing, etc. and then we can do a second small shopping trip a little later.

I overheard a mom and DD in the store the other day. Kid "I need a new back pack." Mom "Is there anything structurally wrong with your back back?" Kid, with mopey face, "No, I guess not."

Amen! I am not the only one. :smileyhappy:

Oh, and Karen, boys are horrible on shoes. I used to give my DS a budget and anything more than that he had to cover himself. Even back then I think I still allowed $40 or so, but the ones he wanted were always at least $60, if not more. And that was nearly 10 years ago!

Serenity
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Registered: 09-26-2007
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 2:13pm

For DS (7th grade) I spent $35 total on 5 pairs of khakis, $20 on a new packpack, and $20 on other school supplies. His other clothes and such still fit and he came home with most of his supplies from last year. He honestly doesn't care about new anything so there isn't much pint in dragging him to the store. :smileyhappy:

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Registered: 03-15-2012
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 3:51pm

Being homeschoolers are shopping for school looks different for us.  There are no school clothes to buy - we mainly work in our pj's :smileylol: I always wait to buy supplies like paper, pencils etc when they are marked down super low.  Right now, we are not in need of any supplies. 

This year, so far the expenses are low.    I shop throughout the year keeping my eye out for used curriculum to purchase from fellow homeschoolers that we can use now or the following school year.  In Alberta, where I live, we get gov't funding and I have been good at sticking to the budget and not over spending (any over spending comes out my pocket).  I can pay for library memberships, sports, music lessons, zoo or science memberships etc as well as books and regular school supplies.  Heck, we can even buy a computer if we wanted to with the money. 

So far, I have no major expenses planned this year. If by spring we have not spent most of the money we are going to get an ipad for the boys.

Sandra

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 6:02pm
Well both kids are headed back to college again this year, DD20 into her first apartment. She did buy a newer used car this summer with her own money, and paid for all her spending while helping a bit around the house with dishes, dog care, and miscellaneous tasks. DS19 helped up at the cabin cutting grass, stacking wood, etc. So for that we tend to help out a bit.
I spent $200 or so getting DD20 toiletries, paper goods, school and cleaning supplies for her apartment - but she had a list, with coupons.
DS needs socks, underwear and such, so I will get those for him.
School, room and board for each totals about $19,000 for each of them, and we do pay about $14,000 or so. They buy their own books, and are responsible for any other spending and both have jobs.
We also take care of cell phones and car insurance (they both have cars at school.) But they pay for gas and upkeep.

So back to school has a big ring to it, and it just gets bigger each year - just think, Fall abroad for one next year, then law school! JOY.

-Marie
#Marie
Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 1:09pm
I had a quick funny.

I was watching an old Oprah with Dr. Phil with some guests that were in a lot of debt. A DW and mother claimed "my kids are smart, they will get scholarships, so I they don't need a college fund."

Both kids were under 5 years old.

Needless to say, bigger issues were at hand here. :smileyhappy:
Serenity
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Registered: 03-15-2012
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 5:41pm

I think I remember that show!  LOL

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 12:42pm
Oh really? That is funny.

The mom claimed that we had to live in the moment because all we have is today. Well, that may be true, but Dr. Phil had to point out that her family may actually live past tomorrow. :smileyhappy:

Living for today and being in the moment doesn't mean your daughter needs 100 hair bows.
Serenity
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Registered: 03-15-2012
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 3:39pm

Yup, same show.  I rmember the hair bows.    LOL 

Very true about living in the moment.  I would not want to live thinking I only had to save for tomorrow.  One has to enjoy today BUT not at the expense of tomorrow and vice versa.  There has to be a balance.  And since when did living in the moment mean getting into debt?  LOL

Sandra

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