|My 13 year old shopping for school supplies|
On Tuesday the day after Labor Day I will be sending my two teenage sons back to school. The oldest of the two is 15 and the youngest is 13. They will be attending different schools and will be transported to school by school bus and taxi. Recently many of the neighboring schools have been closed forcing the kids to attend schools further and further away.
Uniforms VS Regular Clothes
All kids attending DPS (Detroit Public Schools) wear uniforms. Uniforms consist of polo shirts and khaki pants. Colors differ from school to school and grade to grade. For my boys’ I had to purchase burgundy polo shirts and black polo shirts. Their khaki pants colors are beige/blue or black. Shopping for uniforms has been much easier and cheaper than shopping for regular everyday clothes. However, because they don’t wear uniforms away from school I incur an additional expense because I still purchase regular close too. I suppose on the bright side their is no sense of urgency to purchase the regular clothes so I usually wait until there is a sale.
For the past few weeks I have been stocking up on deodorant, toothpaste and Axe body-wash. I prefer to have a 3 to 6 month supply of all of these items because they seem to go so fast when school is in. My boys’ love the lingering smell of Axe body wash but I think it lingers a little to long. Just yesterday my 13 year old informed me he doesn’t like the deodorant that’s NOT invisible. I thought the deodorant I purchased was invisible so they’ll just have to wait until most of the current deodorant is used before I purchase more.
Tomorrow the boys go to their last doctors appointment before school starts. I try to make sure they get their eyes, teeth and ears checked every year prior to returning to school. Last week when they were seen by the Ophthalmologist I was told EVERYONE should wear sunglasses when outside because of the harmful ozone layer rays. Even if the sun is NOT shining it doesn’t matter. Be sure and purchase your sunglasses from a reputable eye glass facility.
I’ve saved a bunch a money on school supplies by buying early and comparison shopping at 3 different major retailers. If you’re not sure if your kids are ready for back to school you can check out the tutoring quiz and that should help you with any questions you may have.