I know you are all thinking, oh no to the title :)
Do you have a link to that article? Those lists always crack me up because the supposed "needs" are usually just ridiculous. They do make for a fun read, though ;-).
I have to admit, though, I find the whole concept of "back to school" shopping a bit strange. I buy clothing and shoes for the kids when they need them, not at a special time of the year. What exactly is one supposed to buy for "back to school" that one can't buy when the need arises?
I am looking for the link...I had meant to post on Friday when I was reading, but forgot.
Ah, I can understand that. I tend to follow the sales, which happen in July/January around here (at least the really good ones). So I buy in July for the following summer and in January for the following winter. Shoes are a bit trickier. I try to catch them on sale, but that means guessing ahead on size. I've been right about 90% of the time, though ;-).
I was thinking also of stuff like backpacks, pens, pencils etc. My kids may be weird, but they both hate shopping and really hate dealing with new stuff. Trying to get them even to the clothing sales is like pulling teeth. Dd has had the same backpack for the last several years (and flatly refuses to consider a new one, despite a few holes in places). Now that I finally found a backpack that survives ds' drumsticks, it looks like he'll be keeping the same one for many years to come as well. His pen holder is actually too old and ratty at this point (he's had it since 1st grade and is 15 now), but he flatly refuses to consider a new one :-/.
<<.So I was reading through it later and to dress a 5 year old for one day the cost of the outfit was 125!!!!>>
That's crazy! I've got to get clothes for my soon-to-be kindergartner. I'm going to Kohls, so her outfits are going to cost $8.40 (not including the shoes).
This is the first year I have a child going to school, but I've been thinking the same thing. It's not like they have all the winter clothes out yet...just a few long sleeve things, but mostly still short sleeves and capris. She already has those. I will get her a new outfit for the very first day of school, though. I'm just sad that I am going to miss her first day and couple of weeks of school AND she has to ride the bus. I'm worried for her, but she is not...she's so excited. We are going to take her on the Friday before to meet her teacher and show her exactly what to do when she gets off the bus.
Our younger children go to a school where they wear uniforms starting in 1st grade. The uni's are from Land's End and can be rather expensive, so I usually snag a bunch at the end of the
My children got through school with only 3 backpacks total. I purchased them at LLBean - one for elementary, and yes it lasted the entire time, a larger one for middle school and high school and a new one for college.
We purchase as many school supplies as we can in July/August when there are sales. I fill a cabinet with paper, folders, pencils, pens, index cards, and sticky notes and it usually lasts the entire year. I also purchase for my classroom at this time and this year got 400 (yep not a typo 400) pencils for $0.50, 80 folders for $0.80 and a case of lined paper for $5.00. Then we usually had to wait for school to start to get the final supply list because in high school there were usually specific binder sizes and sometimes specific notebook sizes.
For clothing I generally just gave my daughters a set amount of money and let them purchase their own clothes. My oldest would buy a few name brand clothes and then fill in her wardrobe from Goodwill, my youngest would really stretch the dollars and got the most clothes. She never bought anything unless it was on sale and loved to shop at Goodwill as well. That seems to be the 'thing' now - shopping at Goodwill. It was fun to watch. I had to shop for my son because he refused to shop at all.
"His pen holder is actually too old and ratty at this point (he's had it since 1st grade and is 15 now), but he flatly refuses to consider a new one :-/."
Wow, that's actually impressive.