Am I planning a big vacation? Buying a new car? Maybe new appliances for the kitchen?
I just tallied up how much it's going to cost to get my kids back to school. And let me tell you, it ain't pretty.
Here's a breakdown of what we've got so far:
Registration and school fees: $429
School supplies: $300
School photos: $100
New clothes: $500
That's $1300 before anyone even enters the building. Mind you -- but for my youngest who is still in preschool -- all of my kids are in public school. You know. Free education.
And this doesn't include the perpetual stream of requests that pop up once school is back in session. Sports fees, art fees, party fees, field trips and fundraisers. Why, it's a bottomless pit.
So now, instead of enjoying what's left of our summer (did I mention school starts in mid-August in these parts?), I'm sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out how I'm going to pay for all this stuff. You think I can get a Back To School loan somewhere?
We were thinking of taking a long weekend up in the mountains before school started. But no. Now I'll be spending the money on paper and pencils and highlighters instead. How lame is that?
Trying to find gainful employment (or a long-lost rich relative),