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August 18, 2009

Back To School Cash Crunch



Here it is, less than a week now before school starts, and I am almost in panic mode.

Yes, of course, I am Team Captain of the Cheerleading Squad for moms ready to send their kids back to school.

Two-Four-Six-Eight, who do we appreciate? TEACHERS!

(I would insert a back handspring here, but I might hurt myself.)

Although we are a dual income family, at the rate we are going, I might need my younger two kids to lie about their age and get a job at a local burger joint to cover back to school costs.

I wonder how much trouble I could get into for that?

So far, we’ve spent $300+ on shots, $150 on two pairs of shoes, and $100 on pre-packaged school supplies for two kids.

That’s $550 dollars plunked down, and I haven’t purchased one article of clothing yet, not so much as a stitch of Fruit of the Loom underwear for one of my three boys, unless you count the gym uniform the school required me to purchase.

Somehow I don’t think the kids are going to agree when they ask me, AGAIN, about back to school shopping, and I say, What are you talking about? We’re done shopping? I bought your gym clothes?’

On top of that, they have been hounding us, all three of them, for new cell phones.

Funny, I didn’t see that on the school supply list?

Not yet. I won’t be surprised in a few years if I open the school supply list and see ‘Razr or Sidekick’ on top. I just know it’s coming.

It’s gotten so bad with the new cell phone requests that one day I finally told them to all go and look out the window into the backyard.

They looked at me like I was crazy, but oddly enough, they complied. Such a Kodak moment, where was my camera when I needed it? All three of them stood there for a good thirty seconds before someone finally turned to me and said, ‘what are we looking for?’

‘A money tree,’ I replied. ‘Let me know where you see one growing because I need to go do some pruning.’

They were not at all amused. I thought it was kinda funny actually.

Forget all the hoopla over Health Care Reform.

I think we all need to band together and start writing our congressmen for Back-To-School-Supply-Reform. I’m ready to start a caucus or whatever they’re called.

Political Action Committee, that’s it.

Seriously. I hear my bank account draining by the second.

And until then, does anyone know what the going interest rate is for a back to school loan? And are Fruit of the Loom covered?


Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com on August 18, 2009 said...

ugh, I can so relate. I just paid $500 for a string bass rental for a 4th grader. An instrument that I'll have to end up nagging him to practice. $150 for football and another $150 for the jacket he MUST havve. $200 a month for Sunday School. I haven't even gotten to the new sneakers, clothing and school supplies.

When you find the money tree...send me some seeds!

brian stout on August 18, 2009 said...

i was working before i was driving. =)

Shannon on August 18, 2009 said...

Brian-Yes, I recall quite well. Thank goodness for that, it got us both money. And if I recall, you convinced me to tell a fiblet about my age when I was 14 and of course they paid me $2.75 an hour.

Stefanie on August 18, 2009 said...

The part about the money tree made me spit my drink out. Nothing makes me part with my vodka, that was hysterical. It is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS what we spend on school supplies. Remember when it was a cardboard box, pens, #2 pencils and an eraser??!!

Shannon on August 18, 2009 said...

Stephanie-The thought of you spitting out your vodke made me choke on my red wine, we are both in trouble! :)

And yes, it's just insane.

And the scary thing is, NONE of what I mentioned included the supplies for my high schooler!!! I'm guessing homecoming is about a month away?

I need to find some credit cards to apply for quick.

So sorry about the Vodka, I promise to make it up to you.

You should try it the next time your kids start asking for things, tell them to go look out back and watch them do it. I had no idea they would actually all go and LOOK OUT THE WINDOW! Be sure you have a camera handy to record it!

Vago on August 19, 2009 said...

Isn't it crazy? I thought we were supposed
to have free education in the USA, but apparently not.

I'd love to drink some vodka with you after reading that one.

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