Back to School!!! Wednesday was 8th grade registration, yesterday was 11th grade registration and fortunately, there is no “registration” for elementary, but I did have to go pick up his supplies that I ordered at the end of the year last year. This is the week I always dread because I literally just hand my checkbook over to the School System and tell them to take whatever they need. You know, I didn’t really need to go to the grocery store this week anyway!
Cost for three kids to get the year off to a good start:
Book Rental: $500
Gym Uniform: $12 (fortunately I only have one that needs a gym uniform this year)
Yearbooks: $82 (can you see my HS pic? Yikes!).
School Supplies: $145
School Photos & ID cards: $165
All Sports Passes: $35
PTO Fees: $30
Whew! I’m exhausted and broke ($1,000!!!). This doesn’t even include any new school clothes (which I don’t purchase until mid-October any way). Why does back to school have to be so expensive? I don’t know how the families with parents that may have lost a job over the last year or with wage-challenged jobs can afford to send their kids to school! The costs above don’t include lunch money or the inevitable cash disbursements throughout the year for presentation/project supplies, sewing class supplies, PTO fundraisers, field trips, etc. Has it always been this crazy? Since I didn’t pay for my school supplies growing up, I really can’t say. But, I don’t remember having to supply tissues, baggies, baby wipes, etc. for the classroom.
Oh, well, I guess it’s still cheaper than the college expenses we will be incurring in a couple of years, right?
Here’s to another successful school year!