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September 1st, 2016 at 11:54 am

I've already mentioned how my daughter needed to buy a specific dress online for her choir class. That was $85.50. It may need to be altered too, so that adds to the cost. She also spent $114 on art supplies for her two drawing classes. I reimbursed her for those expenses since I will be able to claim those as required supplies for classes with the American Opportunity Credit.

My high school daughter came home with the picture order form. I do always buy these, but buy the smallest package that will provide the grandparents and a few aunts a picture. With tax I paid $37. Next up, the yearbook. They go all out at this high school with colored and glossy pages. I think the advisor is probably doing a disservice by allowing the yearbook kids to pick all the bells and whistles. It only make the yearbook an option to fewer kids. We have always bought them, and I did ask if my daughter felt she needed it and the answer was yes. I paid $68 plus tax for the yearbook. And finally, she needs a new academy shirt for the engineering program they have at school. That is another $28. I did also pay the Junior class dues of $35 which go primarily towards prom. At least I'm almost positive I will not have prom expenses, as she isn't interested in going.

I realize some of these expenses are not required, so I'm definitely not complaining. It just amazing how much stuff they throw at you at the beginning of the year.

3 Responses to “School Expenses”

  1. Jenn Says:

    That is a lot at once! My high schooler also brought home a picture form this week and let me know that one of his classes has a $20 lab fee. Hopefully that'll be it for a while. I'm tracking school items as a separate budget item and so far this calendar year I've spent $800! I estimated that it would be half that. (and the year's not over...)

  2. rob62521 Says:

    It would be nice if school districts could tell you at the end of the year what to expect in the fall so you could save up for it, wouldn't it?

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Wow. That is an expensive yearbook. The one I did for the kids at the mission school was $15 I think. 32 pages in color. (softcover)

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