Back To School: Making A List & Checking It Twice

Though summer’s here for a few more weeks, back to school season is in full swing. Last weekend The Hubs and I took our son shopping for the items on his kindergarten supply list.  I was thankful that his school sent out a list, otherwise I would have agonized over what to actually send him in with, like, which pack of crayons: 24 or 48?

My son’s kindergarten school supplies, complete with a Transformers backpack and   Darth Vader lunchbox

Just before we went to buy the items on our list I read an article that said that the average family would spend over $600 on back to school shopping this year.  That sounded outrageous to me. However, once you factor in the actual school supplies, clothes, backpacks, sports equipment and/or other after school activities, that amount doesn’t seem to be too far off.

Here is what was on our supply list:

1 large soft backpack
1 lunchbox
1 folder with pockets at the bottom of the inside
1 hard pencil box with a snap lid (5X8)
2 packs of 24 Crayola crayons
1 bottle of Elmer’s glue
6 large Elmer’s or Avery glue sticks
2 boxes of 8 thick washable makers (standard colors)
2 boxes of a dozen sharpened pencils
1 child sized scissors
1 yellow highlighter
1 black Sharpie marker
1 black dry erase marker (not chiseled tip)
1 package of 3X5 spiral bound index cards (50 count)

Okay, so we splurged a bit on our son’s Transformers light-up backpack and Darth Vader lunchbox, but he’ll only go to kindergarten once and he’s excited about starting school, so why not encourage him with his favorite things.  The total price for everything at Target came in just under $100.

Soccer registration came in at $75, but I still need to get him cleats, soccer socks and shin guards.

We still have clothes and shoe shopping to do.  Luckily, he’s not too fussy about his clothes.  I always try to put a dinosaur or monster truck shirt in the mix and he’s pretty happy about it.   I don’t know what he does on the playground, but this past year, it seemed like every other day he came home with holes in his pants at the knee.  I was constantly running out to get him new pants to wear.  This year I think I’ll just get twice as many pants so we’re ready!

Luckily, we won’t be anywhere near that $600 estimate – but I can totally see how easy it would be to spend a fortune on back to school shopping.

Now it’s your turn to share.  What’s on your kids back to school list?

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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I have no idea what a scientific calculator is…I had a hard time finding the 50 count package of 3X5 spiral bound index cards. All I could find at Target was a neon colored one….so at least he’ll be “bright” in class!

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