What back-toschool means
I just read that Americans are expected to spend $75.8 billion getting their kids outfitted to go back to school this year. And by outfitted I mean set up with electronic gear, shoes with all the bells and whistles , backpacks and school supplies. Yikes! That’s a whole lotta money.
Granted, I don’t have school-aged children anymore, but come on. The average elementary school kid’s must-haves this year totaled $649. For middle school students that number jumped to $941. And for high school kids the number is $1,402 each, according to the ninth annual Backpack Index Survey from Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio.
Look, I’m open to being proven wrong. But is this anywhere close to reasonable? Perhaps if you felt you had to purchase an entire school year’s worth of pencils, pens, crayons, paper, notebooks, binders, calculators, printer cartridges, shoes, jeans, slacks, sweaters, blouses, shirts, socks and undies. But I find that to be a little ridiculous in that kids grow and styles change.
Spreading the cost of these items over the course of the school year seems more reasonable to me, except for notebook paper, notes, pens and paper. Those items are so cheap at office supply stores at the start of a new school year that you would be smart to stock up for the entire year.