first day of school, waiting for the bus
I have been getting progressively cheaper over the past few years. (Something that I actively wanted to encourage in myself.) I was always fairly cheap about kids clothes, buying mostly on ebay, but I have kicked that up to new heights in the past few years. I was making some of my ritual lists last week and worrying about paying the $200+ that we need to pay the PUBLIC school to register the girls - when I realized that I better start budgeting for back to school clothes. Josh's ex-wife usually pays for most of Emma's clothes. Which is one less worry on my brain, but what about the little Princess? She only wears dresses, and I am still vain enough that I want her to look good. I can't bring myself to dress her in crap. I know - some of the snobbiness that I grew up with is still part of me. I am a work in progress, maybe by the fifth kid I will not care at all, but right now I do care.
So - here is the list of clothes that Lily needs for school, the estimated cost, and the plan to make them cheap.
Back pack - I really want to get her a Pottery Barn one that has her name on it. She will use it all year and then it will be just about trashed. I may have to go to the source on this one. Estimated cost - $50 (that makes me want to throw up) Maybe ebay can help me out.
10 pairs of leggins - that will get us through the whole year, and I don't mind buying them at walmart. Estimate $3-5 each pair.
10 new pairs of socks - she HATES socks, but tough. Maybe I will let her pick them this year. Also a walmart buy. Estimate $18.
10 new pairs of undies - I love to buy these at Justice. They are so cute and colorful, but really who cares? Maybe I will buy half at justice and half at walmart. Estimate - $15-25
One pair of daily shoes - they have to be some kind of higher sided Mary Janes. I am think ebay for Stride Rite. Estimate: $20
One pair of winter Ugg type boots - I can steal these off ebay. Maybe $10-15
One pair of gym tennis shoes - EBAY for sure $15
10 dresses - I think I will buy five now and five in late fall. Ebay and used clothing stores. I am giving myself a budget of $100 total to get this done.
With this all in mind I made it over to a local used clothing store. I spent $36, and bought three dresses for Lily, two pairs of shorts for Maxo, and one pair on jammies for the Max. Plus got a 10% off coupon to use in August. I think I really can do this and stay on budget. Right after school starts I will post a follow-up to make myself remain accountable to this original budget.