School Supply Lists Becoming More Expensive

By: Lacy Langley - August 16, 2014

School supply lists have been in stores for a few weeks now, staring down children and parents who are still trying to enjoy the last flickering rays of summer. This is the norm, and has been for as long as most of us can remember.

However, school supply list demands have grown and become much more demanding and expensive over the last few years.

These school supply lists don’t look like they did when we went to school decades ago, either. Many lists include flash drives and other electronic devices.

Now, parents can expect to pay over $100 for the average K-12 kid to get everything on the list.

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This could be due to tightening budgets on the schools’ end, but should parents be expected to foot the bill? Many say no, and with good cause.

For instance, Kimberly Brown, mother and school supplies shopper, said that everything on her kid’s list will cost around $400.

“It seems like it gets more and more and more expensive,” Brown told NBC, “It seems like they’re asking for way too much stuff.”

So, if one should decide not to purchase all of the items on the school supply lists, would there be trouble?

“There’s nothing said to anyone who doesn’t bring it,” teacher Terese Boronda said. School supply lists are simply suggestions, according to some teachers.

However, teachers are many times the ones who must make up for what the parents don’t provide. Sometimes they pay hundreds out of their own hard-earned money, from educating your kids, to supply what is lacking in their classrooms.

That hardly seems fair as teachers don’t make much in the first place.

“I think people take for granted that it just magically appears in their classroom, but it doesn’t,” explains Adrianne Wilson, owner of Twice as Nice resale supply store and teacher.

Good luck to all the parents and teachers out there tackling school supply lists this expensive school year.

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Lacy LangleyLacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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  • David

    My issue is buying “Communal” supplies. When I am told to buy lots of items and not put my kids name on them, I get weary. I understand that the teachers have to pay out of pocket, both my parents were teachers, but buying supplies for the class and buying supplies for my kids are different. I don’t know why I am required to buy 3 sets of watercolors?

    • Tashenubaste

      You know watercolors don’t last forever, right?

  • Janet

    I use to teach and had six kids to buy for as well. If you can’t afford it buy what a child needs and see what else is truly needed later. For first day a child needs a folder , paper, pencil , pen and some clothing. A new to the shirt and shoes a backpack and a lunch bucket and this will do for the first day.

  • Mark Mills

    what really sucks is i spend all this money on schools supplies,,,then come to find out, they are thrown all together and redistributed among the students in case someone couldnt blah blah blah,,,,,,,frack that i spent money for my kids to have their stuff not my fault someone could not this is real bs!

    • Tashenubaste

      Congratulations. You’re a selfish excuse for a human being. I hope your children somehow reject what you’re teaching them and become actual human beings.

      • Mark Mills

        @tashnliberal, frack that! i pay taxes for people to get welfare, i get my taxes raised for libs like you and obama to let illegals in here and give them free medical which i pay for monthly, free education which we get as americans we have to pay college tuition for my older kids and pay for clothes and supplies for the children i have in grade school, this government gives americans nothing and im freaking selfish for taking care of my family accordingly and wanting it to go towards me and mine when i spend? i have a finger up to the screen for you tashnliberal!!! ROTATE ON IT!

  • pmk

    My grand child got in trouble in GA school because she had 1 less tab page in binder. She was told to have by Friday.

  • tkaz

    The school’s do not have enough money to front the bill. I’ve noticed a friend in Massachusetts (high property taxes) has a supply list of $8…meanwhile in Arizona (low prop taxes) I have a list of $150.
    PLUS any bills to raise taxes for the schools alone have not passed.

    • Tashenubaste

      What is on your lists that it comes to $150?

      • tkaz

        We have a grade schooler & a high schooler, two different schools. Each child gets a supply list from every teacher, so…12 teachers. Not to mention items ON THE LIST for Kleenex, dry erase markers, Lysol & printer paper.
        We shopped at WalMart this year to cut costs. There are a few items that will be re-used next year like locker shelves, scientific calculators & fabric shoulder strap binders. I hope. Both are still using 2 year old backpacks.
        Our list is like any other list; A variety of pens, pencils, markers, folders, binders, erasers, paper, rulers, compasses. We have shopped at Target, Staples & WalMart & the only thing I bought that wasn’t on the list was 2 insulated lunchboxes

  • Tashenubaste

    Where in the world are you people living/shopping that school supplies for one kid cost $100-$200? My kid’s list–not the stuff I CHOSE to buy him, but his list from the school–has 23 items on it and cost me $22.

    Also, everyone one of you whining about “but I bought those for myyyyyyyy kid!”–you are the problem. We’re hovering around the poverty level, and we still manage to buy a second set of supplies and donate them to our kid’s school every fall, because we’re well aware there are people worse off than us. Maybe think about someone besides yourselves. No wonder your kids grow up to be hideous monsters.