Michelle and I haven’t really done any "back to school shopping" in a very long time. We’ve picked up some notebooks and paper, the occasional new pen or a stapler (because we can’t seem to keep track of a stapler in this house to save our lives) while shopping for the little kids but Michelle hasn’t NEEDED that list of supplies in a very long time. I can’t even remember the last time I bought her a backpack. I can remember the last back to school CLOTHING shopping we did together.
It was August of 2002 and the mall here holds a special "teen night" where they give swag bags and have special sales on all of the things well-dressed, cool kids need for the first day of school. We had a lot of fun shopping together that night, even though we had quite a bit of trouble finding her size or her style. It was fun. We haven’t had any reason to attend the event since then, and Michelle has been with her dad and sister during the big night, too. I thought we were going to miss it this year, since this is tax-free weekend but it appears as though the special event is being held in September this year (which I find really odd since kids start school mid-August). Michelle is already compiling a list of clothing she must have in order to go to college for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Apparently a new pair of "back to homeschool" pajamas isn’t going to work.
By the way, about that whole tax-free back to school shopping thing, can someone explain to me why markers, staplers, highlighters and binders are not on the tax-free list but lingerie, shoe inserts and martial arts clothing are tax-free? Also fishing vests are tax-free but football pads are taxed? Helmets (for football, bikes etc…) are taxed but hunting vests are exempt?
We live in a weird state.