Boise starts school soon and the back-to-school shopping is in full swing.  The amount we're spending on school supplies is, well...a good chunk of a paycheck. Ready for the amount?

You might also make some money as a sub with the Boise ISD.  Here's how.

Back-to-school shopping is more than shoes, jeans, pencils, and erasers.  All of that adds up quickly enough, but it's really the electronics that boost the total into the $75-billion range overall.  No one is taking notes on a legal pad when you can plug them right into the iPad or laptop.

Each of us spends an average of $673 on school supplies, according to Forbes.  And the stores love us.  Christmas still rules, but all of the backpack and shoe shopping makes this the second-biggest shopping season of the year for retailers.

The Boise ISD is taking applications now for substitute teachers, and they tell us the pay is good and you can pick whether you want to take the job when it's offered that day.  That flexibility might be just right for a busy mom like you.  You can fill out an application on the Boise ISD website, and have a great fall being a positive influence on Boise's best and brightest.

September is usually a good time to buy school supplies because stores mark them down after the mad rush, and that's another way to save money.  If you can wait that long.

Good luck this year.  And bring on football!