The cost of Back To School

5 Feb

I always hear a lot about the cost of sending kids back to school.

I thought I would take the opportunity at the start of the 2013 school year to share with you the cost of going back to school for the teacher!

Over the past few weeks I have worked hard at getting my classroom set up, organized and looking good.

So, here’s the damage…….


$245.45 Spotlight (material, ribbons, magnets, velcro dots, storage, candles, cushions, ottoman)


$179.55 Mitre 10 (paint, paintbrushes, cleaning products, contact)


$135.50 Edsco (stickers, prizes, teaching calendar, posters)


$305.80 Office Works (folders, clips, desk accessories, coloured paper, laminating pouches, printer cartridges)

$96.05 $2 Shops (plastic containers, mats, storage, prizes, stickers)

That’s a total of $962.35 – yikes.

And remember that’s using cupboards, bookcases and a fridge that I had bought in previous years.

On top of these expenses I still have to clothe myself in professional looking clothes that paint washes out of easily! (yep, I came home with a nice hand print of blue paint on my pants on Friday)

So, what do you think is more expensive – sending a child or a teacher back to school?

Today I am linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I Blog on Tuesdays).

The post The cost of Back to School first appeared on This is Who I Am by Marleisa


10 Responses to “The cost of Back To School”

  1. Janice Moore 05/02/2013 at 6:24 AM #

    Oh dear – my husband will be pleased to hear I’m not the only one!!! Great to see you found the polka dot candles too!!! Spotlight can be a scary place!!!

    • marleisa 05/02/2013 at 7:14 AM #

      Thanks for the candle tip Janice. When you buy in small portions here and there you forget how much you have spent. It wasn’t till my receipt box was overflowing that I thought I should take a look! I felt sick when I added it up and we’ve only been back at school for 5 days!

  2. imamtirmizi 05/02/2013 at 7:04 AM #

    Reblogged this on imamtirmizi's Blog.

  3. coloursofsunset 05/02/2013 at 7:29 AM #

    wow! is that all tax deductible at all? our school had an “optional” $60-something fee that you could pay or not pay, but if you didn’t pay it that was money the teacher didn’t get to spend on supplies for the room. I thought, how could anyone NOT pay it?!!? It’s only $60! teaching has to be the most under-appreciated job around! not in this household though!

  4. Eleise @ A Very Blended Family 05/02/2013 at 10:08 AM #

    Wow! That is a lot of money. Your students are lucky to have you!

  5. Have a laugh on me 05/02/2013 at 12:45 PM #

    WOW that is a fortune, I hope you can claim most of that, but still you won’t be seeing a cent for a year. What an awesome teacher you are 🙂 Emily

  6. aparentinglife 05/02/2013 at 1:28 PM #

    My MIL is a teacher and it amazes me how much extra she forks out of her own pocket because the school doesn’t cover it. Wishing you all the best for the school year

  7. Robyn (@slightly_deep) 05/02/2013 at 2:49 PM #

    If you are a good teacher, one who really cares, it costs so much doesn’t it? I hope my kids get a teacher like you one day!

  8. Rita Azar 05/02/2013 at 9:08 PM #

    Wow! That’s crazy. Thanks for sharing this. People will know how much some teachers are truly dedicated to what they do.

  9. Jacana 07/02/2013 at 1:10 AM #

    Teacher going back to school – I have just forked out over $2000 in the past week. Mind you most of that has been on new technology.

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