Back to School

7 Aug

Students Arriving by School bus at Senior High School in New Ulm, Minnesota ..., 10/1974

Well, it’s that time of the year again.

Some adults say it’s the “most wonderful time of the year” jingle, jingle…

Most kids dread this time.

That’s right, its back to school time again. And with back to school, comes back to school shopping. And this is the payback we get for being excited about it.

In conversations with some of my girlfriends over the past few weeks, the majority of us are dreading the back to school shopping. Many, including myself, are actually somewhat boycotting  participation in one of the oldest traditions around this year.
With the warmer temperatures lasting longer and longer each year, it just seems like such a waste to spend money on new winter clothes in August. In the past I have went out and bought pants and long sleeve shirts in preparation for the cool temperatures ahead. Only to discover those clothes are not getting worn till October sometimes early November even. Once all the hoopla dies down and sales start for winter clothes, I will then go and purchase whatever the kids need for the winter at that time. That should coincide with when they will actually need these clothes for wearing as well.

Am I to go and spend money on new summer clothes at the end of the season for them to wear for 2 months and outgrow by the time summer rolls around again next year? No, not really. So what is one to do?

I, myself, took advantage of summer sales earlier in the summer and put aside a few of those outfits for school returning. I scour the clearance racks for one or two new pairs of shorts for the first day or two.

The rest of the time they can wear the same thing they’ve worn all summer long. It’s not like school ends in June and we dress them in torn rags. These clothes were good enough to purchase for wearing at one time and they are still ok now. Its surprising really, but dressing my kids in brand new designer clothes doesn’t actually help them learn better….


5 Responses to “Back to School”

  1. See Debt Run (@seedebtrun) August 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I haven’t spent a dime….yet! My boys haven’t asked for any clothes, BUT my oldest did cry that he’s the only kid in the world who doesn’t have a phone!

    • myjampackedlife August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      Boys are so much easier. They all don’t care so it doesn’t matter if one does or doesn’t. But if there is just one girl who notices what the others are wearing, they’ll let everyone know.
      As for the phone, there requests never get too big, do they.

  2. addvodka August 23, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    We never went crazy back to schooll shoppign as it’s – my mom was a single mom so it was far too expensive for her to do that. We’d get new shoes and whatever else we had grown out of.

    • myjampackedlife August 24, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      We never did as kids either. We just didn’t have the money to go all out. Nowadays I just don’t nderstand the mentality of buying me clothes just to wear to school.


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