The cost of school supplies continues to rise. With four kids in school this year, I knew things would get expensive.
I already bought all of Eli and Brynne's supplies because their class lists came out a month or so ago. Their supplies probably cost me around $20-25 each, not including a new lunch box for Eli. They are reusing their backpacks from last year.
But it's the older kids' supplies that really get me! Typically they don't get their lists from each individual teacher until the first day of school (Dawson's in middle school, Kyndal's in high school). I did go ahead and get supplies for each of them that I knew they would need regardless, like a binder for Dawson, pencils, paper, spirals, etc. I am making them reuse their backpacks from last year because (a) they were expensive ones (they had to have Under Armour and Hurley) and (2) they are still in perfect condition.
When I took Kyndal to get her schedule today, only one teacher had her list out. It was for science. $25.00 later, I had all of her supplies for one class!!! Seriously? At this rate it will cost me about $150.00 for her supplies and equal that for Dawson.
When I was in school, you got a binder, a spiral and some pencils. If you had an assignment that required you to color something, you took it home and colored it. But now, you have to have colored pencils for about each class, not to mention a long list of other things. If I buy colored pencils for each class, that's about $10.00 in colored pencils alone! She could just use one pack in every class. And now we have to supply ziploc bags, kleenex's, sharpies, expo markers and such for every class. It's irritating!
Sorry to vent here, but seriously? I'm going to have to start getting a summer part-time job just to fund school supplies from now on. As if school clothes wasn't painful enough!!
Anyone else experiencing this, or am I the only lucky one?