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Back to School Shopping for Preschool?

In talking with my friends, I’m thinking I might be one of the few parents who won’t be going back to school shopping for preschool.

BooBoo’s been in daycare since he was an infant so he’s not really going “back to school” at all, in fact he never left. If he already has a perfectly good Spiderman backpack and lunch pail, is it such a crime to use them again this year?

I don’t think my toddler really cares about getting new clothes and if he already has everything he needs, I’m sort of left wondering: Why bother with the whole back to school shopping thing?

That said, there are plenty of parents who do bother. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, $7.4 billion dollars was spent last August in family clothing stores alone in preparation for back to school. Only September will tell what consumers spend this year, but with a slowing economy it has been projected that back to school shopping will be more necessity driven than in previous years. For many, gone are the days of carefree spending on an entirely new wardrobe for the back to school season.

While my preschooler might not care what he wears, I’ll admit that I do. Giving up the habitual back to school shopping routine feels a little weird.

There are ways to make back to school special even without brand spankin’ new kicks. Just as we do at the start of every school year, I’m planning a big celebratory breakfast and pictures in front of the school gate to commemorate the occasion…only this year he’ll be wearing his regular clothes, well-loved shoes and a Spiderman backpack that was so last season.

Are you going back to school shopping for preschool?

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