Missouri has, for the past several years, set the first weekend in August (from 12am on Friday morning to 11:59pm Sunday night) as a state sales tax holiday on everything needed for back to school, including clothes and electronics. Tomorrow, I do back-to-school shopping. Without paying state sales taxes. Or city, since I'll be shopping in a township that participates in the sales tax holiday. I hate the shopping part, so we go as early as I can get everyone around and out the door (before 8:00 am). And we go through and methodically check off things as we acquire them.
Yesterday, my enterprising pixie asked me to find and print their school's supply list, and went through, gathering everything on the list she could get her hands on. It was a surprisingly large amount. I think I can give her a small list and have her find her things she's missing (I think there's a total of five things).
My son, on the other hand...he's going into middle school. His school is wanting an inch and a half binder for each major core class. He needs zipper binders. As in really needs zipper binders. He's the world's most awful klutz where dropping his binders is concerned, and the most likely for said binder to explode papers everywhere. Because the rings either pop open (it's happened), or because he hasn't managed to put the things in the rings, yet.
My wallet mourns. As does my determination to buy as little "made in China" as humanly possible.
Thankfully, the reduction of what the pixie needs should make it much easier to afford what the imp needs.
Both kids will need clothes, but not a lot just yet--they've got sufficient summer-weight stuff, and winter stuff isn't even out yet. Some I'll have to order online, since the girls' polo shirts are limited in local stores where the city's participating in the tax-free holiday to two colors: navy blue and white. The imp is starting to need different sizes than what I can find in the kids' section (bigger sizes assume "hefty" and he's...the opposite). Shoes, on the other hand...yeah, the imp needs shoes. Badly. His are worn out.
So, there's a big shopping push this week, then next week...Tuesday is back to school night, where they take stuff and load their desks and locker. We'll be signing paperwork, picking up information packets on drop off and pick up while they get set up for classes starting back up. Then Thursday, they start back to school (yes, I'm very excited about this, if you can't tell). No masks will be required, no "hybrid of online and in person for middle school and high school" like last year...the only thing they're still doing is staggering when you can get in and out of the building by last name, and trying to keep kids isolated by "color groups" (however well that works...).
I know they've been busy all summer, but I am ready for them to go back. Partially because I need to know--sooner, rather than later--if the imp needs his meds adjusted for school, or if his current dose is still good for him, and I won't know until school actually starts.