These little guys are getting ready to wrap up the school year – their first year of preschool! Bring on Kindergarten! We’ve had field day, which was precious. There’s nothing like seeing a bunch of 4-year-olds playing tug-of-war and running the 50-yard dash and doing a three-legged race! We’ve had our very last field trip of the year, and the very last homework packet came home a few days ago. The kids are practicing their songs for graduation, and I’ve all but given up on removing grass stains from the knees of their uniform pants.
I was so excited about the two of them going to school, that it never occurred to me just how much money we’d be shelling out on a regular basis – times two. The supply list was staggering – this is what I had to buy when school started, spread out between their two classrooms:
- 4 oz. bottles of glue
- 2 packages of markers
- 24 count box of crayons
- Disposable cameras
- Ziplock baggies
- Baby Wipes
- Clorox wipes
- 3 gallons of Hi-C
- 4 boxes of fruit snacks
- Pudding, pretzels, and Ritz crackers with cheese spread
- Dixie cups and paper plates
- Liquid soap
- Watercolor paints
- 5 oz. Dixie cups
- Paper dessert plates – the small ones
- Ritz cheese and crackers spread
- Pudding cups that don’t need refrigeration
- Small pretzels
That was a $100 Wal-Mart trip right there. Plus the cost of school uniforms for two kids, which are mandatory at the public schools in our area. And did I mention the $10 photo processing fee for each child, so they can take pictures of them throughout the year? (Why haven’t I ever seen any of these pictures?) Quite an expenditure at the beginning of the school year.
But it doesn’t end there! Every month, there’s a field trip, which costs six to twelve dollars per kid, depending on where they go. (And they’ve gone to some cool places!) There’s the book fair. Pizza day. Fundraisers. Birthday parties. Scholastic Book Order Forms! Plus the monthly tuition for our daughter. (Our son goes to preschool for free because of his disability.)
And before long, our younger twins will be heading off to preschool as well! I’ll probably moonlight as a barista at Starbucks so we don’t have to get a second mortgage to pay for more fruit snacks and glue sticks.