Statistics show it currently costs a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child in North America. Pretty sure half of that goes towards school expenses.
“Mom – I need $64 for a textbook next week.”
“Can you give me money for…a new agenda…pizza day…school pictures…and a yearbook? Oh and a replacement hamster for our classroom?”
And on it goes.
Everyday items can certainly add up, but by far, one of the largest school expenses is class getaways.
A few years ago, one of our boys had an opportunity to go on a $350 three-day school trip a few hours away. We wrestled with whether we would send him, knowing it was a big-ticket item and would set a precedent for future trips for his three younger brothers. Ultimately, we decided to pass on this trip since our youth group offered a similar outdoor experience at a fraction of the cost.
Who knows it is not easy to tell your middle-schooler he won’t be able to go on a school trip with their friends? In talking with another school Mom who also felt the trip was too expensive, a possible alternative emerged….
The rest of the post appears on Crystal Paine’s website, Money Saving Mom. Such an honor to be guest posting there today.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The day this post was published, guess who received a letter home about a 3-day school trip? The cost? $505. If you need me, I’ll be brainstorming options with the next son….
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