Question: Most Expensive School Supply?

Classes start next week. Are you ready for fall?

From pencils and erasers to computers and graphing calculators, the items required for back-to school vary immensely by age and by level of education.

Today's question asks readers for the most expensive thing they have ever been required to buy their kids for a school year. Teacher's usually give lists of required supplies, during August, what was the most difficult thing to find this year.

Finally, are you ready to go back to school, or are you braving the malls this weekend for some last-minute shopping.

Let us know in the comments section below.

Donna Schmidt August 31, 2011 at 05:20 PM
High School it is the graphing calculator. College costs are endless! Books average $500-800 a semester, laptop, food, laundry so on and so on. This is what you have to look forward to Bill!
Marlee Fickes September 01, 2011 at 02:57 AM
I totally understand the need for school supplies...especially with school funds getting lower and lower but I get frustrated with the brand specific items...like the Elmers White Only glue sticks...there were so many sales for other glue sticks...but I spent about 20 bucks buying 6 specific Elmer's glue sticks when I suspect the other glue sticks would work fine....I'd rather get the sale item and donate the rest of the money to the classroom or to the school.
Katie Ryan O'Connor September 01, 2011 at 12:19 PM
I love how one PTA in a northern Westchester district does it: The PTA works with the teachers on the lists and just buys everything in bulk. It's delivered right to the classroom. All parents have to do is write one check. So smart -- and it turns out cheaper for the families!
Stephen I. Mayo September 05, 2011 at 04:54 AM
Ms. Wickes; You say " ... with school funds getting lower... ." Where, oh where are they getting lower? My kids graduated from public schools with flying colors and done very well in subsequent job/college placements, but not once has school spending decreased. In less than a decade, our local budget will exceed one-quarter of a billion dollars! But successors to you and me will still be scraping our "candy money" together to afford paper cement and erasers! Our time will be better spent comprehending complex local school board teacher compensation schemes and benchmarking them against those of other Sound Shore districts, instead of agonizing over these relative pittances (as confounding as they may be). With dismayed compassion, yours truly, Stephen


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