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Chicago mom refuses to buy school supplies until summer surfaces

Chicago mom refuses to buy school supplies until summer surfaces

As a working mother of two, I try my best to stay ahead of schedule when it comes to my family's needs: I order giant boxes of diapers and baby wipes online, purchase birthday gifts soon after the party invitations arrive in the mail and, if a pair of shoes fit my 4-year-old's growing feet well, I buy the next size up. But the arrival of back-to-school merchandise at drugstores, discount outlets and websites in recent weeks has prompted a rebellion in me — a stubborn position that even this Planning Mama did not see coming. I refuse to buy any back-to-school items until I feel we've had a sufficient summer. That's right. Not one backpack, box of markers or...

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