Monday, August 11, 2008

The Back to School Craze

Remember when going back to school meant buying a few notebooks, a new box of crayons, and new shoes? If you wore a uniform to school, you probably got one of those too; if not, you got one or two new outfits. That was it.

Well, times have changed. The supply list now contains items that used to be provided by the schools - like scissors, glue and tissues. Every child needs a new backpack, notebooks, paper, pens (red, blue and black), glusticks, ruler, tape, scissors, markers, folders and a calculator. If you have two children and you shop the sales, you can still end up paying out more than $100.00 in supplies alone. And that doesn't even count the new clothes your child "has to have" or the fees that are required for art projects, lab costs, etc.

Don't even get me started on the supplies, including furniture and appliances, your child needs for college. Does it ever end?

This week on the blog, read my ideas for keeping the costs down and bringing a bit of sanity back to the back-to-school craze.


Lisa Kirby said...


It is amazing, isn't it? The changes in school supplies since I was a child are daunting to say the least. I read that teachers are sometimes required to provide supplies when the students can't come up with them. What's happening to our schools?

I'll be watching for your tips and will be passing them along to my daughter.

Lisa Kirby

terri.forehand said...

Wow, you hit the nail on the head with costs, and why can't we be alittle more frugal. Good posts on a variety of topics. I love your blog.


Lisa Kirby said...

Thank you for the blog note and yes, you may link to my site. I'd appreciate that. Would you mind me adding a link to yours also? You pulled together the subject of school supplies very nicely.

Thank you, Theresa, and keep up the good work.

Lisa Kirby

Theresa Schultz said...

Go right ahead Lisa!