School starts around here and I am woefully unprepared. I haven't not purchased a single school supply or back-pack. My kid's also need some school clothes and I thought I would seek out some advice from my fellow moms about budget. First let me tell you about my 3 kids:
Daughter- 15 year old: hasn't grown in years and has a closet full of clothes, but some of them are from 6th grade and new clothes are fun. Between lifeguarding and babysitting she has a lot of spending money which she spends mostly on clothes. I still buy her stuff now and again, and told her I would buy her 2 new shirts for school and a pair of running shoes. I also pay for her swim team uniform. She thought that was fair. I also usually buy the fabric when I sew for her.
Son-12 years old: has grown about 6 inches and gained 40 pounds in the past year. He needs pretty much everything. He doesn't care about clothes and was perfectly satisfied with the $10 Old Navy jeans and $5 I bought him at the outlet mall. What the kid does care about is shoes. He is obsessed and can spend hours looking at them online. (I don't get it). Because of him, we instituted the $100/year per kid on shoes rule. Since he never spends his money, he has quite a bit save up and wants to be the above "pre-owned" shoes off ebay for $120. It's his money, but this seems a little silly and the "pre-owned" part grosses me out. Teenage boy feet are nasty and I wouldn't want to put my feet into something that had teenage boy feet in them.
Son-8: He is almost 9, but still wears a size 7. His closet is full of clothes he's had since kindergarten. We're hoping at some point the kid has a growth spurt. He doesn't care about clothes, but he's been hanging out w/ his brother and he now thinks he needs expensive school shoes too. However, kid sizes are about half as expensive, so I wonder if that's fair to have the same budget as his brother.
So I was just curious how you work oyur clothes budgets to be fair in your family.