The beginning of the school year in the USA must rival Christmas for the amount of money being spent! Last week we got a note from my son's teacher for this year listing the supplies he will need to bring with him. Fortunately, his school provides many of the things he will need - not all public schools in the USA do. He needed a 3 ring binder (I emptied one of mine for him), pencils (we rounded up a dozen from around the house) and 2 notebooks (I picked some up at Staples earlier this summer when they on sale for 1 cent each.) DONE.
When the kids are old enough to be heading off to college, the shopping list will not be that short of course. I went to Target last week and had a hard time finding the things I needed. There are women's clothes somewhere behind those boxes.
Almost all the aisles in the store looked like this - piles of fridges, microwaves, TVs - all the college essentials ;-)