Back to School Shopping. Again.
We’re in the midst of summer break, and the last thing the kids want to think of is going back to school.
But everywhere we go we are assaulted with BACK TO SCHOOL signs, emails, website banners – heck, I even have the Amazon ad here on my blog!! Back to School season is big business.
When I was a wee lass, way back in the mists of time, I got new school supplies when I needed them, not so that I would start each year with a new pencil case, fresh pencils, scented erasers and new binders. We reused and recycled from the years before. And we were nowhere near green people. Just…thrifty.
I have friends who spend hundreds of dollars every August for the back to school supply list. That doesn’t even include the clothes! Clothes we buy when the kids need them, although thankfully we have plenty of hand me downs over here. Why can’t kids reuse their binders and pencil cases? Do they really need a new backpack every single year? With the amount of money we spend on tuition (for private religious school) do we really have extra money to spend on supplies that aren’t necessary?
There’s also tremendous pressure for the kids to not feel left out. If 95% of the class has new backpacks, they don’t want to be different. (If you’re lucky, your kid won’t care). Who wants to be responsible for their kid being singled out as the one who doesn’t have nice new things? But where does it end??
I have had kids in school for fifteen years. At this point, they get clean clothes, a sharpened pencil and a fresh notebook on Day One of the school year – everything else they have to reuse or recycle from the previous year. And you know what? They still do well in school.
What’s your Back To School shopping philosophy?