School Supply Spending Can Add Up

How much do you spend on school supplies?

Between the wants from the teachers and the needs from the student, the cost of back to school supplies sure does add up. Not to mention the added list that kids come home with during the year.

How much do you spend on average per child on back to school supplies?

We asked a few residents for their two cents. Here's what a few had to say:

  • Laura C: I would say about about $30 typically.
  • Laura: About $50.
  • Keri: Including clothes ... probably $400 to $500 ... it's crazy.
  • Rita: Depended on their age and grade... Supplies in earlier grades ranged between $30 to $60 then depending on if they grew over
    the summer about another $100 for clothing each. When they got to high school ... supplies averaged about a $100/student then clothing I'd let them choose two or three outfits that was it... Anything else they usually wouldn't wear or someone else had so new clothes other than 1 or 2 things would wait until they got into classes etc.
  • Lori : You don’t want to know.
  • Debi: My Emily is using her new Martha's Vineyard bag ... lol ... such fashionistas ... lol.
  • Dee:  Totally depends on the grade and school. I would say $60-75. Clothes and backpacks are a totally different ball game!!!!
Kim Brolet August 19, 2011 at 07:21 PM
It's been a while! Glad to have you back!! Do you know if there will be a tax free week this year? It's usually this week or next, right?
Debi Syrowsky August 19, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Thank you for that tip Kim!!! Wow, what way to save even more!
Jeanann Correia August 20, 2011 at 01:46 AM
You just have to watch for sales and use coupons where you can. Buy as many suplies that you can when the sales are on, then you might have enough supplies to last the whole year and maybe some to start the following school year. Usualy about a month after school starts bookbags, folders and many other supplies are really cheap, so thats when to buy them also.
Kim Brolet August 21, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Just got a newsletter from Westfields... Aug 21-27 is tax free week
Forma Bosse August 22, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Great to see you're back, Debi! I missed this column all summer. Just a comment on the school suppy issue, I know some teachers that spend their own money to supply pencils, notebooks, a pencil sharpener, etc. to their kids. The school districts don't even supply the most common supplies any more. Forma Bosse


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