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Back to School is Expensive

Posted by idawrites on August 11, 2008 in Children, Shopping, Spending |

It was Back To School Shopping weekend for us. Faitha is the easiest to please. She declared that she had “outgrown” the Tinkerbell, Disney Princesses, and Hello Kitty phase. Instead, she was all about some monkey and just pretty flowing clothes. She loved everything and was tickled when I offered her a blue jean blazer to “accessorize her separates.”

Sierra is the one who needed the absolute most but found the least to appease her sense of style. She doesn’t like Skinny Jeans (guess what’s “in” right now?). She doesn’t get off on Hannah Montana or any of the other tween stuff. She did go gaga over a $3.99 t-shirt with a robot on it, straight out of the mid 80s. Go Figure. I think we ended up with 4 pairs of jeans and 4 shirts for her.

My biggest challenge is Anna, who is officially a sophomore in high school and desperately needed some more flattering clothes. She isn’t one of the “in” crowd and has taken to wearing a uniform of black or dark slouchy clothes that help her blend in to the walls. I talked her into some really fun tops and two casual dresses. The most expensive part of my weekend was when I realized that her bras did not fit, as she claimed. It was painfully obvious when she took her shirt off in the dressing room. So, although we were 40 miles away, we cashed out at the first store and headed across town to my favorite lingerie shop to get her a proper fitting.

$100 and 2 new bras later (the fittings are free.. the bras are EXPENSIVE) we were on our way to finish up our shopping closer to home. As always, there are a few things we didn’t manage to get in time for the first day, but we’ll get to it.

I’m so glad school started today. Looks like our regular routine will be back underway soon

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