High prices for school supplies are changing parents’ shopping habits

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CEBU CITY, Philippines — The rising cost of school supplies is forcing some parents to change their buying habits.

Instead of buying a dozen notebooks at a time for her daughter, who is in high school, Marrisa Cagnaan, 48, opted to simply buy enough for classes that already had their own set of school requirements for the first trimester.

She used to buy in bulk, but to free up money for other expenses at the time, she now prioritizes what should be bought first, especially since the prices of Laptops are now down from 18P to 20P per piece from just 15P before, she said.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), laptop prices this year range from P17.50 to P36.75, while intermediate paper prices range from P22.50 to P30.

Cagnaan, from Southern Leyte, is in Cebu to help his son, an incoming student, settle in Cebu City and shop for last-minute school supplies.

Apart from basic school supplies, she also had to buy some items for her son’s boarding school.

With a limited budget, she said she could get better deals at thrift stores or markets than at department stores.

With her P500, she says, she was able to buy an umbrella for P155, a white shirt for P140, a satchel for P200. This was after she decided to canvass retail stores in downtown Cebu City.

“Mangita and mas barato-barato. Di mupalit dayon and mahal. Kanang naay mag dirty, basta barato bisag asa,” she said.

She then mentioned that she plans to purchase the other requirements once she receives the education aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

READ: DSWD-7 begins distributing educational aid to needy students

Limited face-to-face lessons will begin on Monday, August 22, 2022, at all levels of schools across the country.

READ: Cebu City schools set for limited face-to-face classes on Monday, but not for immediate full face-to-face classes

She noted that while face-to-face classes are the ideal setup for students, it also means an adjustment in her children’s daily routine since the pandemic and, most importantly, adjustments in their family’s daily expenses.

“Okay ra sa mga bata kay maka face to face naman unya ang gasto laman maoy problema,” she said.

“Maajo ang face off kay lahi man ang klase jud in skwelahan kaysa ari ra sa bay. Kung mag face off makalakaw sila, di ra mag pirme sa balay. Pero depende pod lagi sa bata kay naa can uban laagan. Kuan laman kay gasto kay mamasahe both ways, bawn,” she added. /rcg

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