Every year around this time, my email inbox, TV and newspaper will be flooded with Back-to-School ads promising “$X OFF” a purchase or “SALE SALE SALE”. I will read blog posts about the high cost of buying all the school supplies kids need for school. I’ve already seen one whose school-supply list includes FIVE dozen packs of pencils for the school year, and another whose teacher requests brand names only.
In a few months, I’ll overhear someone talking about early peer pressure setting in among six year olds who want to look “cool” by wearing certain (expensive) brands. I’ve been told, more than once, that third grade (Belly’s grade) is particularly tough on girls who are expected to dress a “certain way”.
If anyone were to ask me how I survive this time of year without bucking to societal pressures or cringing at the high cost of Crayola crayons and Gap jeans (are they even cool anymore?), I have a simple answer:
I don’t send ‘em to school.
OK. . .simple? Maybe not entirely. And, those who know me are aware of my slight problem with overspending on shiny new books.
But, homeschooling can be done with just this world-wide-web thingy, the library and a trip to the dollar store. And, or course, a big bottle of wine stashed in the fridge for really tough days.
When pencils get short in our school, we sharpen them and keep going. Our crayons include those no-brand waxy ones you get at restaurants. If we run out of glue in the middle of a project, the kids learn to make do. . .or use tape.
And, I certainly don’t need to run out now and restock our supplies as if from scratch or buy new wardrobes for the kids.
So, say what you will about homeschooling. We may be weird, but we aren’t out buying five dozen pencils.
Yes, this was a sponsored post. It was written as part of a blog blast for Parent Bloggers Network who is working with Capital One (@teachingmoney on twitter) to help them facilitate conversations about teaching your kids about money.
For our participation, one random blogger will win a Kindle and a $150 VISA gift card and two others will receive a $150 VISA gift card. If it’s me, I’m not spending it on school supplies.