Why is Preparing for Preschool So Damn Expensive?

I think this is the part where having kids starts to get expensive.

You see, it’s not that expensive in the first couple of years of life, IMO. Diapers and clothing, you can find on sale. Same goes with toys and honestly, babies and toddlers don’t need that much. Shoes, that’s where they get you because kids are constantly growing and at a rapid rate.

When they start school, however…that’s when that money gets tight.

Major Key. 

I already spoke about updating Bear’s attire (click here for a refresher), so let’s talk about his school supplies.

So, we finally purchased Bear his bento box and backpack. We also purchased diaper supplies for school and new shoes.

Grand total so far: $150 and some change.

Let’s take a closer look at where our new car fund money has gone:


I decided on this bento box because I felt it had the best compartments for a toddler. Something big enough for a sandwich, something small enough for cheese, crackers, and maybe a small sweet treat. To purchase, click here.


The bento box was a bit bigger than I thought it would be so I needed a lunchbox that would accommodate that, a juice box, and possibly a water bottle. Bear loves all things fire engine, trains, and planes, so we both felt this was perfect for him. To purchase, click here.


Payless Shoe Source had an amazing sale this weekend. We’ve meant to get Bear some Thomas the Train shoes for a while so when we found these, we picked up a pair. On sale for $17.99.

It’s still pretty hot in L.A. so Bear needed some sandals. On sale for $14.99.

Speaking of Bear’s school, look what we had to fill out for his registration:


Yeah. All of that. For preschool. It didn’t take long to fill out but wow, it was a lot of paperwork.

So, we’re a little over 24 hours away from seeing Bear off to preschool. I’ll update with first day of school pics and reaction.