Summer is coming to a close and back-to-school season is in full swing, which prompted me to wonder just how much is reasonable to spend on it. The answer is much higher than I thought.
As the parent of a very active 14-year-old boy, I’m used to the endless stream of costs that flood in as the school year gets closer, but I was still shocked to see exactly what I’d shell out before school even started. The Huntington Backpack Index puts back-to-school costs at $547 for elementary, $724 for middle school, and $1,117 for high school.
Given the cost, how can you protect your budget and credit from the back-to-school bogey? Here are 5 basic tips:
With a bit of planning and a lot of vigilance, it is possible to come through the back-to-school season smelling better than a used gym shirt. That may not be as good as smelling like roses, but it’s not too bad.
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