A Mutable Log

Cost of school textbooks in Brazil

My elder daugther has just begun fourth grade. I reproduce below the expenses incurred on textbooks in Brazil. I have recorded prices based on the following exchange rates

USD BRL (Brazilian Real) INR (Indian Rupee)
1 1.7 46

This is how much each text book cost me

Subject Price in USD
Math 49
Science 47
History 32
Geography 44
Portuguese 47
English 44

You can usually wring a ten percent discount if you pay using cash or a debit card. I paid using a credit card.

The schools usually ask the parents to buy story books that can cost an additional USD 120. Notebooks and other supporting material can cost another USD 150. That takes the total cost of books per year for a fourth grader to USD 530. For the sake of comparison that is about INR 24,380 or about BRL 900.

How much have you spent on school textbooks this year?