Frugal is the word for our 2012 back to school budget. The first thing we did when Hunter brought his school bag home from school that last week in May was to sort through it and designate articles still in good enough shape to use next year, and we put them back in his old bag and hung them on a hook in his closet with orders they were to be there still in the same condition when it was time for school to start again. Things we saved were full length pencils, red and black pens, yellow hi-lighters, unused erasers, glue sticks, bottles of glue, a metal ruler, and a large box of colored pencils. He had brought home three wide-lined notebooks he never even used and I put those back on a shelf too. His battery on his calculator still even had a charge.
Then we began shopping the local thrift shops. I was able to buy T-shirts for $1.99 each and jersey sports shorts for $3.39 a pair. So at $5.38 an outfit, I have 12 outfits for him at a total cost of $65.46. His birthday was the first week of June, and he got two pairs of shorts and shirts for his birthday that he didn’t need at the time, so I put them back for new clothes he could take a price tag off of and wear for the first time the first two days of school.
Last week we located a like new back pack for $2.99. Hunter was so wild about it, he wanted to take it for his week-end sleepover, but I said, “No, then it will be new for the first day of school.”
He received two gifts cards worth $20.00 each so I put those in his money box for back to school shopping so he could have some funds to buy things he really, really wanted. Fortunately for us, he’s grown tall enough this summer his five pairs of blue jeans that were too long for him in March and April, and that he wore cuffed up, they fit him just right at the moment.
We’re going to have to buy sweat pants, tennis shoes, underwear and pay school registration fees at the moment, which is a good thing, because August is always our slump month in our budget. School picture will take a chunk but we won’t have to pay for them until probably October. He’s going to need a new coat, but I figure he can wear his hoodie and light-weight jacket through September and October.
The shorts will easily get us through the first month of school, and then we will have to reassess how the blue jeans still fit, but we’re pretty much ready to go with one quit trip to buy a few folders and a couple of more wide-lined notebooks and some notebook paper.