Oh, where has summer gone?! It’s August already and that can only mean one thing…school starts soon!!!! I can’t believe summer has gone so fast, but I am very excited to get back to a normal routine. What I don’t look forward to is school shopping. It’s just a pain. Between having to get the supplies, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks, ect., you end up spending a small fortune to send your kid to school!
We have a group at school called P.I.E (partners in education) and I think it’s like the PTA. A couple of years ago they started a program that has your child’s school supplies sent directly to school in time for the open house night. Everything your child needs is packaged neatly in a box and waiting on your child’s desk when they walk into the room. The order sheets come home sometime in April and you send your check in and worry no more about school supplies! I have yet to do this! As great as it sounds, I just haven’t. My daughter likes to shop for the supplies and pick out her own colors, folders, notebooks, ect and I love to get that stuff on sale. I also wasn’t convinced that it was the cheapest option so I saved the order forms from last spring to compare prices after we went shopping.
The day I decided to school shop was also the day I had to shop for party stuff for Christopher’s birthday. Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but when I saw the supplies out July 5th I figured I’d better not wait too long. Normally I don’t think twice about supplies until August, but last year when I went everything was so picked over that it wasn’t fun. Who can think about school over July 4th holiday?!! Crazy people, that’s who!!
So, as we stand in WalMart looking over both the kid’s lists, another thing slaps me silly. The amount of stuff they need! And it’s not just stuff for themselves! You know that the dry erase markers aren’t for personal use or the sharpies or the giant bottles of glue! Heaven’s no! I realize that teachers buy a lot of their own supplies, but it seems to be getting ridiculous what you’re expected to supply to the public schools. Don’t even get me started on snack time! How about I send a snack to school with MY child for MY child and everyone else do the same!!!!
I don’t remember school supply shopping being this complicated when I was little! Anyway, after we got home I added up what each of the kids’ supplies cost me and compared it to the P.I.E. orders. For my kindergartener, I saved $4 buying things myself. For my 5th grader, I saved $12 buying it myself and she got just what she wanted. People may say, “Oh, but the gas it cost you to go there makes it even” blah blah blah. I’m going to the store whether it’s for the supplies or groceries so for me that argument doesn’t work. I also like knowing how much I’m paying for each item so I don’t pay lots of $$$ for a notebook for example. I also like knowing that everything on my list is checked off and they will for sure have it on the 1st day of school. What I don’t like is having to think about things before I’m ready!