TELL US: What is your experience with back-to-school costs?

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 7:30 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — As children across Columbia head back to school, family budgets are making room for the additional expenses that accompany the fall season.

School supply lists are long. (Download a pdf of Columbia's elementary school list here.) Extracurricular activities are expensive.

How do you manage the extra costs?

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Delcia Crockett August 17, 2012 | 7:19 a.m.

I was delightfully surprised to find out that I would be paying no taxes on school supplies for children, a weekend or so ago, when I went in to purchase supplies for that week's classes.

Why do we charge taxes on children school supplies anyway?

They should all get free school lunches of the healthiest sort, and no child have to pay a cent, and we should not tax them on school supplies they are demanded to buy for their education. Their should be lunches there waitiong without cost to them, and open to all the children, every day.

They are just children. Let's help them succeed in school, every way we can.

Let's treat them all the same, and then help them develop to full individual potential.

Some things we just should not slack off about.

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