Getting the Back-to-School Shopping Beast Under Control

Any one else out there there trying to keep the back-to-school “shopping beast” under control?

My “kids” – a freshman daughter and a junior son - are getting ready to head to college and boy are they beating the drums for stuff they think is “essential” to their academic experience. They’re not talking about books, or even paper and pens so they can take notes. They’re thinking new iPods, new wardrobes, new computers, new sheets, pillows and towels, and anything else preceded by the word – you guessed it – “new.”

Fortunately, both my freshman and my junior know they have to make a pretty good case for “new” when they’re talking to me.

Go shopping in your closet first,” I told them. “Look around your room. Then make a list of what you actually need.”

(I tried not to mention the same refrain they’ve heard over and over again: “In my day, I packed one suitcase and a manual typewriter, headed off to campus, and did just fine.”)

Read all about our back-to-school shopping saga at Diane's Big Green Purse.

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