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Back to school means big spending for families

July 27, 2013

It’s a little less than a month until classes resume at area schools, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start buying supplies. “Start about ......

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Jul-27-13 12:33 PM

I am a strong believer in uniforms for school children. The children can then focus on learning instead of dressing better and showing off fancy name brand clothes and shoes. With the list of school supply costs per child, don't forget about the school fee's the parent has to pay after the child starts school. Parents need to ask theirselves, is my child going to school to learn or is my child going to school to see who can afford the best clothes? While I am at it, I also don't believe that children need cell phones at school.

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Jul-27-13 9:00 AM

So much of this stuff is totally unnecessary. Regarding clothing, school uniforms cut the clothing expenditures quite a bit. And they can be hand-me-downs in most families or parent networks. Broken crayons work just as well as "brand new". "Jordans" are no better than other brands and cost considerably more money.

Whether money is available for these things isn't really the point. The real point is that one of the lessons children learn doesn't occur in school, it's learned from parents. The lesson is the difference between a want and a need. We have become a nation of consumers when we were the manufacturers and producers of unneeded "stuff".

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