Welcome to South Florida, where August means daily afternoon downpours and back-to-school time for the kids.
Families were out shopping for school supplies, backpacks, and in many schools, special uniforms, before classes started this week.
The whole back-to-school routine is getting pretty expensive for many parents, with parents spending on average $696 per child on supplies.
“Parents are being asked to contribute more of the supplies that schools used to be responsible for providing. For example, many districts ask parents to contribute scissors, paper, crayons, glue, facial tissue, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes,” writes Heather Levin for MoneyCrashers, an online site.
Add in the cost of extracurricular activities and after-school sports, and the bill gets pretty steep.
Levin pulled together 16 money saving tips for parents challenged by the rising cost of back-to-school supplies and equipment. You can check out her pointers here for scoring bargains on uniforms, sports equipment, and textbooks.
Here’s an easy way you can help local schools buy the supplies they need. Go to DonorsChoose.org and search for the school projects you want to support. In many cases, your charitable gift can qualify for a 50% or 100% match from major foundations. That means your donation can do up to twice as much good!