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Back to School Budget
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    curiosity, knowing, provided, discount, pens, enthusiasm, boring, whatever, supplies, exactly, aside, world, doing, several, budget, okay
     content words:    Timothy Halenger


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Back to School Budget
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "A budget? What in the world?" I thought as Mom began talking to me about back-to-school shopping.
 
2     "Shelli, we will be going shopping for back-to-school items on Saturday, and this year we will have a plan."
 
3     "What do you mean, Mom?"
 
4     "Each year, we go out and spend a lot of money on clothes and supplies. I usually charge it on my credit card. But then I have a big bill to pay over the next several months. This time, it will be different."
 
5     "How?"
 
6     "For the last few months, I have been putting aside a little bit of money each month. When we go on Saturday, I'll know exactly what I have to spend, and I will pay cash."
 
7     "So, how much do we have?" I asked with curiosity.
 
8     "$200," Mom answered.
 
9     "Wow! Let's go shopping!" I stated with enthusiasm.
 
10     Mom chuckled. "Hold your horses, sweetie. Wait until you see how far $200 can go."
 
11     When Saturday came, the first place we went was the office supply store. This was odd. Mom enjoyed clothes shopping as much as I did, and we usually hit the mall first.
 
12     "What are you doing?"
 
13     "Well, Shelli, the school supplies are the first priority. You already have clothes, but your pens, pencils and paper supplies are gone."

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