Between everything we need to buy for our kids as they head back to school and the supply list for the teacher's classroom, you'd better have a side hustle to pay for all of this stuff.

When my kids were much smaller and in elementary school, their back-to-school supply list was filled with everything from crayons to Clorox wipes. At the time, they were in a small private school that definitely didn't have a budget in place for classroom supplies. I didn't really know any different and honestly, I liked the idea of helping out the teacher and the classroom, so none of it bothered me.

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As the years went on, the classroom supply list grew larger. I'm not sure why but there was more, not to mention at this point we were buying double as we had both kids in elementary school classrooms. With items ranging from paper towel to sanitizer, binders, colored pencils, books and more and then on top of it, we are purchasing everything our kids actually need for their student supply list. Man, it was adding up.

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And then it's always awesome when the kids have a mind of their own with their new teacher. One of my friends just posted this on her Facebook and I can't stop laughing. 😂

What can you do, though? It is what it is, I guess. I do remember the teachers truly appreciating all the classroom supply donations and I always felt good being able to help out.

I'm sure though, for some families it might be difficult to do. Even though they really want to help out, it's just not in their budget. What are your thoughts?