Some parents I know buy all sorts of things for their kids for the start of school, not just the required supplies like paper, crayons, and pencils, but also practically a new wardrobe and all kinds of extras that aren't really necessary.
That's fine for them but over the top to me, so we usually just buy a new outfit for the first day and maybe new shoes or something they truly need. I *might* spend $200 for both girls when all is said and done, including the required supplies.
What about you? Is shopping for your kids for them to go back to school expensive, or are you able to keep things reasonable?