What to do about that huge school shopping list

August 24, 2017
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Whether you’ve done your school shopping yet or not, each of us tasked with the back-to-school supply list knows that it has gotten longer each year with an extra high total at the bottom of the exceptionally long receipt.  When I was a kid my dad scoffed at our comparatively short lists saying “You were a weirdo if you had a backpack, all you need is a notebook and a pencil”. With significant school funding cuts, teachers are forced to pay for classroom supplies out of pocket as well as request things like tissue, wet wipes, and a lot of extra pencils to compensate for what the school no longer provides.

So, what can you do about the sometimes $200 subtotal?

sources:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/14/back-to-school-costs-colorado/

http://www.courant.com/features/hc-back-to-school-supplies-list-20170818-story.html