Parents are counting down the days to the start of school, and counting the pennies they need to spend to get all the required supplies.
A Bank of Montreal survey says Canadians plan to shell out an average of $428 per child on back-to-school supplies. That's everything from pens and pencils, to technology and clothing. Parents in Atlantic Canada are spending even more — an average of $450. Anecdotally, some parents say they will spend close to $1,000 (that amount includes clothing) or, on the cheaper end, $35 (not including sneakers).
The St. John's Morning Show sent Caroline Hillier out to see what she could do. Armed with her credit card, she went off to one of the city's Staples stores. She chose a supply list for a Grade 4 class and the Macdonald Drive Junior High supply list from the store's database.
You can see what she bought, and how much she spent, in our shopping list infographic.
How do you think Caroline did? Are all the items necessary for the chosen classes? Should parents even have to buy school supplies? How much would you spend, and why? Tell us what you think in our comments section below.
The St. John's Morning Show plans to give the school bags away on their 'Saying Goodbye to Summer' show Friday morning. We invite you to drop off a donation of granola bars, fruit cups or juice boxes at the CBC — and enter to win the bags. Your donation will go to Bridges to Hope.