If you are anything like me, you began shopping for your child’s school supplies weeks ago. Never wanting to wait until the last minute to go Back to School shopping, as soon as my daughter’s 3rd grade list was uploaded to the school’s website, I was on it. When I first saw the list, I was floored by all of the items that are needed. I don’t remember my 18 year old son needing so much stuff when he was in the 3rd grade, but I also know that was 10 years ago and things change. After comparing notes a few other moms at other schools, the consensus is that school districts are requiring a lot of supplies.
It got me thinking about families who may not be able to afford everything on the list. I am not quite done with getting everything required, but I’ve already spent close to $75 on headphones, crayons, pencils, dry erase markers, pens, composition books, hand sanitizer, etc. And I’ve gotten a little more than half on the list, which means there’s a lot more to go.
I am wondering if schools take into account the economy. Of course, because their budgets have been cut, then we have to take up the slack by buying things that used to be taken care of by the schools.
No matter the case, you want to send your child off to school with the tools they need to learn, and you want to make school the best experience it can be for them.
So, I ask you, What’s on your child’s back to school list? How much will you be spending for back to school supplies this year?
Sidenote: Here is a post I wrote listing Back to School Sales Tax Free Weekend, which is coming up for a lot of states. Check this list to see when your state is participating.