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Christmas is coming since you missed Back to School shopping…

So the post have started with “buy my kids back to school stuff cause I forgot” so I thought I’d remind everyone that Christmas shopping should probably start now cause it’s only a few months away!

Like back to school it comes once a yr.. not trying to be mean but come on!!

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  1. I started back to school shopping right when school ended. Best way to do it.

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  2. Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

    But if those people buy it themselves now, how will they guilt other parents into buying everything they need later!?

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  3. Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

    It doesn’t cost that much. Maybe, just maybe $100. My kids stuff was less than $50

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    • Just bus and school fees alone total just under $1000 for both my kids each year. Throw in some new fall/winter clothes and new shoes (apparently kids grow from year to year) as well as school supplies. I’m sure there are ways to save, but saying it only costs $50-$100 is a bit of a stretch.

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    • Angelica Arar you are way overspending. I spent nothing this year on supplies nothing on clothes my fees are 200 each so how you actually spend so much is beyond me

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    • Reesa Pleli Macgregor How on earth am I overspending? lol. I didn’t tell you how much I pay on anything aside from the mantadory fees in our area. That’s cool if you choose not to buy your kids new clothes or school supplies; that’s your business, not mine. I’m just trying to point out that everyone’s situation is very different.

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    • Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

      $1,000 wtf are you buying them and how many kids. Also you could drive them to school, you don’t need a bus. They don’t need a new back pack and a new pencil case every year they don’t need a ton of new clothes. My kid grows faster than any kid I know she’s 6 and in size 8 and almost taller than me and she didn’t need a ton of new clothes.

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    • Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

      Ps. Clothes aren’t school supplies, kids need them regardless. You can’t blame the government for that.

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    • As per the link posted above, bus fees are still applied for kids who live within 2.4km from school (@ $300 per kid). If your kid goes to daycare and needs a 2nd drop off spot that’s another $300 each. School fees have been ‘reduced’ but you still have to pay close to $200 per kid (depending on their grade). Again, just trying to point out that not everyone’s situation is the same.

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    • Jules Maria Who’s blaming the government? The point is that ‘back to school’ is an expensive time of year.

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    • Umm if you live less than 2.4 kms away that’s walking distance lol which is why they charge you. I walked to school every day growing up and it didn’t hurt me.

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    • Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

      You CHOOSE to put you kids in daycare and the bus. That’s your problem. It’s not a necessity.

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    • If your kid goes to daycare just have them picked up and dropped off from there always. Saved yourself $300 bucks. A second drop off spot is not a necessity.

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    • Candace Lloyd That’s great! Everyone’s situation is different. Not everyone is comfortable sending their elementary aged kids to walk by themselves, especially if they don’t go home right after school.

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    • I’m just going to leave this here: everyone’s situation is different.

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    • Jules Maria don’t need a bus? Pretty presumptuous of you.

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      You could just drive them. Your kids are gonna be nightmares.

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    • Jules Maria Jules Maria says:

      You are in charge of said situation. Quit bitching. Man up and save up, give up coffee or other vices. Learn the budget, get a better job. So many ways to fix your woe is me situation.

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    • Jules Maria I’m going to put this as simply as I possibly can. I have not complained at any point nor have I stated that I can’t afford said expenses. I have simply pointed out that not all families can get away with only spending $50-$100 on back to school; I then proceeded to list other expenses that comes along with the back to school season. I wanted to offer some perspective since it appears to be quite different than your own experience. No need to get worked up. Everyone has a different situation and has to make decisions based on what works best for their own family. It sounds like you’re doing a great job with your budgeting.

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    • Candace Lloyd is that for public or catholic?

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  4. Tricia Lyn Tricia Lyn says:

    Don’t forget about Halloween and Thanksgiving lol

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  5. I hear the dollar store has great deals too. I have met at least a dozen teachers there buying their supplies.

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  6. I’ve started already lol

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  7. O my god yes. These things are not new, they come up every year and every year there’s people begging. I understand that things happen that are unexpected but it’s probably less than 10% of people who use that crutch. People will say “unexpected bills” but what they really mean is “I haven’t been paying my power bill and now they’re cutting my power off so all my spending money had to go to that when I should have been paying it monthly”. I have been low income since I’ve been working, it’s just the nature of the field I am in. And J has never been without a wonderful Christmas, birthday, Halloween etc. Because they’re easy to plan for seeing as they’re the same each year

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  8. Once school is back look for deals store them for next year. Spending on clothes isn’t something they need 40 pencils at one shot…not happening focus people

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  9. Yes start now. At least start saving now, even if it’s only a little bit each week, at least you’ll have something come Christmas time.

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  10. “In addition, all remaining fees must meet several criteria, including being clearly expressed in a board’s fee schedule, as well as being connected to a specific good or service. This means that common or generic fees—often previously referred to, among other titles, as instructional fees, instructional materials, or basic fees—can no longer be charged.”

    https://www.alberta.ca/school-fee-reduction.aspx

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  11. You “don’t forget” this shits coming up. I’m sorry but if you forget school is coming etc maybe you shouldn’t have kids.

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  12. If you think it’s a scam scroll past. Why argue? Everybody have different circumstances – more than one child, eight pairs of shoes, live in outlying areas/zones – bus passes, not one, but for all children. Don’t have so many children you state? That’s desperate to win an argument. Nobody should have to explain to you their situation.

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  13. There is an event for back to school being held at Shadified north side . Go get some things if needed

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  14. Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

    Here we go. Crawling out of the woodwork early.

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  15. Or the ppl that are 8 months pregnant with nothing for the baby …. Like where you been the last 8 months? You knew you were having a baby… Jesus

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  16. I agree get with it people geezes

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  17. Where’s the supply’s from last year !!

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  18. In case anyone truely needs help with school supplies

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  19. just do the best you can, I rem when I was a Kid way back mom took me to goodwill bought me a few new clothes then to Wool-co on Dollar days to get as many of my school supplies on the list she could afford. I’m no bad off for it 40 years later. 🙂

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  20. I am a one income mom and yes school supplies and fees get expensive. For us, we have to bring all supplies and pay for fees before first day or kids don’t start. I plan in summer. And in september i start to plan for winter holidays. Last year 2 funerals really made things hard but I am a planner

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  21. To be honest I have to go tomorrow for my grandbabies to get clothes and school supplies where the best place also cheap is best

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  22. Can’t help don’t comment. Not everyone has the means…unexpected job loss, medical issues…there are very valid reasons why people have need.

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  23. Staples has crazy good deals right now… just saying

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  24. Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

    Nobody ‘forgets’ about Christmas, but some people are poor, on AISH for example, and don’t have any extra at any time to get Xmas gifts….or maybe they experience an unexpected death in the family, an accident, a fire, a devastating illness, etc.
    Just because you have a sweet life and get to prepare financially for things doesn’t mean everyone does.
    This post is despicable as well as shockingly ignorant, and all the comments make me sick!
    For anyone out there struggling, please know that not everyone is as scummy as the OP or their supporters!

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      I struggle, but i take care of my responsibilities.
      Unfortunate things do happen, and good people sometimes just need a little help…but the trend right now, is to say you’re broke and beg for kids online. Its a scam, or just lazy, and is super frustrating. Can’t afford Christmas? Dont have a big one. Keep things simple. Stay within your means. Nothing disgusting about it.

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    • It makes some people feel better when they think parenting is a competition, and that they’re “winning”.

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Lol @ Lisa, way to demonstrate my point! Smdh.

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      If someone can’t afford something, what’s wrong with going without? Or making sacrifices? Begging online has become a crutch for so many..

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    • Lisa Whelan we all make sacrifices for our families. Christmas is one thing…back to school is an expensive necessity. I started early, and am still scrambling for the dough do everything. It’s not just supplies, or clothes…it’s also groceries with lunch items, bus passes for some, and fees. If people need to ask for help, so what? Not feeling charitable, fine. Feel like donating…good for that kid. The kids are the ones we all say we care about, right?

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      So if someone can’t afford to buy their kids a binder or shoes, they should just go without? “Begging online” is a nasty way to put it, but if you would prefer those who need help (a crutch if you will) to “go without” necessities because our society is failing them, you are part of the problem.
      If you don’t like seeing people struggle, then help before someone has to ask! Work on fixing the system that is causing our society these problems, don’t get mad at it’s victims for trying to do their best!

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      We are obviously on a completely different pages here. Do want you want!✌ You want or feel the need to beg online, and ask strangers for what you need. Than do it. Maybe there is a good reason, or maybe people just dont want to spend their money on their kids needs. Lots of people are sick of seeing it, and many are still happy to help and donate. If my reaction makes you sick.. just think of how others feel when they see the same parents asking for the same things, over and over. So, beg if ya want. That’s what some people think the internet is for anyways.. just not everyone.

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      I’m not mad. But why can’t your kids reuse binders from last year? There are a thousand ways to save money and still have the necessities. No reason to fight or argue here. Maybe ask for some good budgeting and money saving ideas before just asking for handouts. Idk, just another of my thoughts.. lol

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    • I agree with Lisa Whelan. Askin’ ain’t gettin’. I was a single parent and struggled to make ends meet but didn’t go asking for handouts from strangers. If I couldn’t afford it, we did without. Now mind you this was in the days before the internet, and it was not the fashionable thing to do to ask for people to help out with every little thing. Just another sign of our times with all the young people who think somebody owes them something. Where is the self respect?

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    • I’m low income but still get shit done in time. It’s called budgeting and buy things little at a time. You want to have children it’s your job to make things work..no one else makes you have children. Things are always tight for us but we still make things work. Just because you are low income on aish etc is not an excuse.

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    • Ya this needing all new school clothes at the beginning of the year is ridiculous as well.

      I spent $25 on my daughter’s grade 3 school supplies. Why? because she is reusing things from last year such as headphones and her backpack cause she doesn’t need a new backpack each year.
      The boys are in highschool, they got one new binder each, calculator, pens, paper, whiteout etc and were told if they need more grab an old one from last year. Cost me about $60 each. They each got a couple of outfits and none got new shoes because they just got new shoes in spring. I make decent money but I also budget and watch what I spend. We also buy throughout the year because they grow and they get things for Christmas, Easter, birthdays etc. Not needed to spend a ton of money at the beginning of school. It’s ok to struggle but I think the problem is, is that far too many people out there are expecting handouts. I see girls posting looking school supplies while they just posted a new profile pic up with their hair and nails done and their boobs half hanging out. It’s called prioritizing.

      As for school fees and transportation fees, most of that is being eliminated this year. https://www.alberta.ca/school-fee-reduction.aspx

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    • I hate online begging

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Well, I couldn’t do it myself, but I think better of those who are brave enough ask for the help they need, especially when they know they’re going to be met with such hostility and cruel ignorance, than of any of you who shame those who are trying everything to raise their kids well.

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    • What kid needs 50 pencils? Us who can “afford the luxury” buy enough to help out those who can’t…hence why the school supplies list continue to grow more and more as less people can afford supplies. As for Christmas…stop dwelling on what others have and can afford, get your kid what you can manage, and act like it’s amazing and your kid will believe it is…if they don’t, that’s more on your parenting than on what anybody else is doing with their money

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    • I think the bottom line is, while everyone is patting themselves on the back and judging these other parents, that kid is STILL going with out. Judge the parent if that makes you feel better, but should the kid go without because you don’t like how their parents roll?

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    • People are going to get a big surprise when they realize how little difference the new “no school fees” actually makes!
      School demands for supplies are not always optional. If you don’t provide the 50 pencils or 6 white erasers, some teachers send nasty grams until you do.
      Reusing from year to year? I wish! Nothing ever comes home from the communal buckets the teachers dump all supplies into at the beginning of the year. The waste is unbelievable!

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    • Lindsey Carlin yes because the unexpected never, ever happens.

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    • Lindsey Carlin I was referring to the fact that life takes us places we didn’t always expect…so where some might once have been in a position to provide it all for their kids, they may find one day they can’t. Having children when you’re financially stable doesn’t mean that’s where you’re going to be by the time your kids are in school. Shit happens, and sometimes people need help. There’s nothing wrong with asking.

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    • Doug's Offended says:

      In a world full of people looking for a reason to be offended these days, I’ll point out that it is very offensive to call people “scummy” who don’t agree with your way of thinking. And no, you cannot disagree with me…because I’m offended. I’m offended and you have to sit there and observe my offendedness quietly……and like it.

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    • Savings and RRSP’s are a thing, just saying.

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    • Lindsey Carlin yeah…RRSP’s?! A registered retirement savings plan?! Who breaks those for school supplies? Or Christmas. It IS a savings plan. For the future. When people don’t have money to make ends meet period, where do the savings come from?

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