Looking Forward to Back to School Shopping?

Only 16 more days until school starts and I have not even touched back to school shopping . . . I really wonder where I am going to scrape up the money this year. They have all grown out of everything, and I no longer have hand me downs that will fit anyone. This is the breakdown:

New clothes, backpack, and school supplies, plus $91 in school fees for a 9th grader:

  • 6 pairs of jeans — $40.00 (I hope, if I can find them at thrift shops)
  • 10 tops — $30.00 (again thrift shop prices)
  • 1 pair of new gym shoes — $15.00
  • 1 messenger bag — $12.00
  • Socks, etc. — $45.00
  • Notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, pens, index cards, binder, etc. — $25.00

Total: $167.00

New clothes, backpack, and school supplies, plus $65 in school fees for a 6th grader:

  • 6 pairs of jeans — $40.00 (thrift shops)
  • 10 tops — $30.00 (thrift shops)
  • 1 pair of new gym shoes — $15.00
  • 1 backpack — $15.00
  • Socks, etc. — $45.00
  • Notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, pens, index cards, binder, etc. — $25.00

Total: $170.00

New clothes, backpack, and school supplies for a 1st grader:

  • 5 pairs of jeans — $15.00 ( thrift shops)
  • 10 tops — $25.00 (thrift shops)
  • 1 backpack — $12.00
  • Socks, etc. — $30.00
  • Crayons, glue, etc. — $10.00

Total: $92.00

New clothes and a backpack for a preschooler:

  • 5 pairs of jeans — $15.00 ( thrift shops)
  • 10 tops — $25.00 (thrift shops)
  • 1 backpack — $12.00
  • Socks, etc. — $30.00

Total: $82.00

Grand Total: $667.00

assuming that I will be able to find some killer deals, (I usually do) my clothing and supplies budget is going to stick right around a grand total of about $500.00, not counting school fees — this I think I will be able to manage, but if I end up not finding what I need at thrift shops, I am going to have to cut back quite a bit since this does not include instrument rental, reeds, rosin, extracurricular activities, or anything else . . . wish me luck!