Last week the school supply lists came out.
TELL ME RIGHT NOW WHY THEY NEED 12 GLUE STICKS?!
How is summer already basically over?
I’m all different shades of sad because we didn’t get to do many of the things I planned for us this summer (multiple bouts of strep throat followed by throat surgery sorta put a kink in our schedule).
But, on the bright side… SHOPPING!
I used to LOVE back to school shopping with my mom. She wasn’t one of those wear-this-ugly-sweater-that-buttons-up-to-your-throat-and-hangs-loosely-to-your-knees-parents-just-don’t-understand moms. She always had good taste and even supported a few of the crazier 90s trends I was rockin’ (for example she loved my blond streaked bangs, never trashed talked my slouchy socks, and didn’t actively block my cartilage piercing).
Sadly, nowadays school shopping means I go to a few stores ALONE and come back with a preapproved list of largely boring items for dudes who only like to wear basketball shorts and black shirts. The most exciting element of Dude 2’s wardrobe are his socks. He goes all out on the socks.
Even though I’m mom to a middle schooler, I’ve not screwed up my shopping trips enough yet that Dude 1 feels the need to pick his own clothing. He takes what I buy and wears it when it’s clean.
And Dude 3 will wear anything. Literally, as long as it covers the important bits he’s down to rock it. I love shopping for him because his wardrobe is so plentiful, with accessories and cardigans and color and flair. But, even he is happy to create his outfits from what I purchase; he doesn’t actually like the going to the store part of it.
So, I hit a few shops (mostly so I can treat myself to an overpriced coffee an pop into a few lady shops while I’m out), and then do the remainder of my shopping online.
The only thing that holds me back is budget. Because I have one.
I spend one summer afternoon forcing them to try on the clothes sitting in the back of their dressers and then, I make my shopping list and go to work.
- We are big into hand-me-downs, but there are a few areas where they don’t work great at this age. Underwear (we used to reuse them until we realized that Dude 3 had never owned a single pair with actual elastic still living in the waist), jeans and socks (they tear through them like they’re made of tissue paper), and shoes (they are all at the age where they actually wear out their shoes).
- We also like to send them out with some fresh shirts for the first week and save the mud-stained ones for after the teacher is convinced they have caring parents who clean them.
- So, our budget break down:
- Dude 1: $300 (men’s shoes are ridiculously expensive)
- Dude 2: $150
- Dude 3: $150
- This includes shoes, clothing, backpacks, AND school supplies. With creative shopping, coupons and deals from
Coupons.com back-to-school sales
- , and my plan to shop during my state’s sales tax holiday week (in Maryland it’s August 10-16), I’m sure I can make it work!
All for under $150!
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