One pack of crayons, on pack of colored pencils, one ream of white copy paper, glue, a box of tissue, and a back pack. This was the list of required school supplies for my son. Yes he's in Kindergarten and the lists for the other grades are a bit longer, but not by much.
I have been saving aside money each month in anticipation of school shopping. After reading that list I feel like I'll have money left in my envelope, plenty of it. Sure I want to get him a lunch box and some new clothing items, but nothing that will break us financially.
My friend Heather heard that the average parent spends 600 dollars per child for school shopping. Seriously? I don't believe it. What are these parents buying? I hope this includes clothing and some very swanky athletic shoes that promise college scholarships. 600 dollars?!
Time magazine did a feature on the growing trend toward single-child-families. The main point was that having more than one child is just too expensive, especially during "these hard economic times." Then it gave a statistic on how much it cost to raise one child from birth to age 18. My husband and I did the math, divide it down per year and laughed. Our annual income was less than how much Time said we needed to spend on just one of our sons per year, let alone three.
So I wonder where these facts and statistics are coming from? What are some parents buying for their kids? I look at my sons, and I see nothing lacking. I see three little boys who are very happy and who have very, very good lives, blessed lives.
I budgeted 100 dollars for my oldest and his first school shopping experience. I think I will do it for 50, and that is with some splurging....which I want to do. If I didn't splurge a bit, I think I could do it for 25 dollars easily.
What about you? What are you planning to spend on school shopping?