This post was sponsored by Purchasing Power as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last school year, our back-to-school shopping list looked unlike it ever has before. The kids didn’t need backpacks or lunchboxes-or even shoes. You would think that would save us some money, but it cost us more than ever because in place of the normal items, each kid needed their own computer.
With two kids in full-time virtual school, we needed reliable computers that they could each be on at the same time. In addition to the computers themselves, we needed to establish a workspace for each kid in the house, and since they’d be in class at the same time but five grades apart, they definitely couldn’t share one space.
So instead of spending a couple hundred dollars choosing new outfits and pencil boxes, we spent over $2,000 on laptops, headphones, microphones, desks, lights, and more- definitely the most expensive back to school season we’ve ever had, and hopefully the most expensive one we will have until our back-to-school list includes “college tuition.”
While my kids are back in person right now after a full year spent in distance education, that’s likely to change at any moment. Luckily this time we’re prepared, but should schools go online again, many families would find themselves needing some of these very expensive supplies. And while we were fortunate enough to be able to purchase them when we needed them, I know that if this would have all happened when I was a kid? We wouldn’t have been so lucky.
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