Yes, it is that magical time of the year, when my wife and I must haemorrhage money at a ferocious rate.
For those of you who are worried about buying pens, pencils, binders and such, allow me to say, “You have no idea of what is coming down the tracks at you”. As your child moves up the academic levels, it all starts getting much more expensive, and it does so at a higher rate than you might guess.
So far this summer we have already paid for:
- Four months rent on an apartment that no one has lived in. To be fair no one lived in it for 3 months, someone has now moved into it.
- A new computer for school, because you can’t go to school without one now.
- Back to school supplies on steroids, allow me to share a photo of the stash so far (this is only for 1 child):
- Tuition for 1 child, however, since she is attending two different schools (effectively), I still have to pay the other school’s fees. That is for one child, then I have the other child’s fees still to pay.
- A new student orientation weekend, which sounded like fun, but sure wasn’t cheap.
- Oh and I have paid for a car trip to and from Nova Scotia, and will have to pay for at least two trips to Peterborough in the very near future.
- Did I mention my son’s tuition costs? No, don’t worry you will hear about that one soon.
Does this sound like me whingeing and moaning? Spot on, is anybody else living through this, or have you lived through it and now are enjoying having disposable income again? Feel free to reply with “suck it up butter cup” as well, I look forward to the “why are you paying for your kids post-secondary education” comments too.