This year, 4 of our kids are going to school - 3 at primary and 1 at PASTI (pre-school). So the expenses kinda increase a bit (actually quite a lot). And life is surely getting busier...
There are a lot of things that need to be bought before the school day starts. Some I can get from just any shop, while some other need to be bought only at the school shop ie. PBS workbooks. The school uniform, note books, basic stationery are all essential. While the workbooks on the other hand, is 'on-request' basis.
Why did I say 'on-request' basis? Because in my experience, only some teachers use the PBS workbooks, while others only use the workbooks given by the school. Last year I got all the workbooks that had been suggested by the shop keeper and ended wasting it coz they weren't being used. So this year, I decided to wait for the teachers' instruction :)
Sometimes, we tend to spend on unnecessary stuff, unconsciously. So, to ensure that I don't overspend, I make a list of all items to buy, as usual. It's kinda our routine to make a shopping list everytime we go shopping. And as last year, I've prepared for the unexpected 'loss' ie missing eraser, sharpener, or broken ruler etc. I've bought note books, pencils, book wrapper, eraser in bulk, knowing that throughout the year, the kids are gonna need them. This has saved me plenty of 'shopping hour' and money coz things are much cheaper if you buy it in bulk.
Among what I've bought...
Jan 13, 2014 @ 1930hrs