In the recent reader survey, a respondent suggested asking you, the reader, your ideas and input on various topics.
I think this is an excellent idea for two reasons: firstly my knowledge is very limited and I think all readers (myself included) would benefit from your experience and knowledge. Secondly, it makes for an easy post for me to write – not so much research, writing and editing (I do edit, I promise).
When it comes to back to school expenses, I have no clue. It’s been 13 years since I left school. A lot of things have changed since then. And the little fella won’t be going to school for another few years yet.
When I was doing the HSC we had one computer lab with four students to a computer (none of which were hooked up to the internet) and another room with a few old Apple Macs. I used a typewriter at home to type out assignments (ok, we were a little behind the times as well). For internet access, you had to book the ONE computer in the library and, well, there were only a handful of students that actually did that.
Nowadays, each highschool student has access to a laptop, so I’m told, and a USB drive is a compulsory item to buy. The local public school gives out scholarships each year to cover expenses. Do students still need to take their own dictionaries to school? I still have my trusty pocket Collins Gem in the top drawer of my desk and I still use it (and it still smells like Impulse deodorant spray – disgusting stuff that it is – all these years later).
Ok, now that I’ve had my reminisce, it’s over to you – what are your tips on saving money on back to school expenses?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.