School Expenses

Posted By: The Cheapest Skate in Frugality on 09/05/2007 at 23:29:56

What to do when it is the start of a new school year for your kids· Well, ideally, you've saved enough money to buy them everything on their list. But, if you're like me, you're wondering why exactly they need that calculator for doing complex math problems when my cell phone can handle that type of thing. But that's a story for a different time.

Let's say you haven't been able to put enough money aside, your best option is heading to the giant stores. While I try not to buy things at these places, school supplies are usually an exception. For instance, if I wanted to get six notebooks and folders for my kids, I can do so at the total cost of $2.14. I would buy the plain/boring folders and notebooks. For children, it doesn't really matter what is on the folder, just as long as they have something to keep their papers in. And those pictured folders, one with Jack Sparrow on it for instance, cost $2 on its own. Cutting out the small things like that can add up over the long haul.

Another option to do is to talk to your child's teacher and ask what materials the student is actually going to use in THAT class. Usually the lists are published by the districts and if a teacher knows that the kids aren't going to need four three-ringed binders, you can spare yourself the hassle of purchasing them When you get right down to it, buy only the bare essentials, talk to the teachers, and shop at the large bargain stores.

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