What back-toschool means

Cecil Whig - - & & -

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.


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