Back to School!!!!
Now most parents will argue that the one budget sucker is getting a new back to school wardrobe. But in my house, that’s not even close to being true.(Thank you Old Navy, Walmart and Thrift Store gods!) Even though my husband and I love that time of the year, there are two words that suck the joy right out of it.
Happily (I can actually thank my Husband for this one), there are a few ways that you can achieve everything on your child’s school supply list.. and still treat yourself as well.
I learnt this one the HARD way when my oldest was going into Grade 3. We had just moved, she was starting a new school that fall and we waited until the last few days of August to get her supplies. Everywhere we had searched had been completely picked over. We finally got the last of her supplies the day before she started classes.
Don’t make the same mistake! Keep an eye out on your local fliers for early sales. Up here, they can start as early as mid July. Keep a copy of your kids supply lists with your shopping lists and pick up one or two items as you go along. When packs of lined paper are .15 a package, duo-tangs are .10 each and crayons can go as low as .25 per 24-pack, it makes it easier.
Five Star First Gear, Crayola, Texas Instruments. The two things that these name brands have in common are that they can be really expensive if you are buying for more than one person and that their generic counterparts could easily be better quality and last longer. I mean, who want’s to pay $12-$15 dollars for a binder that might last your child until November? Um, thanks but no thanks.
Do yourself a favor and check out the generic brands from Walmart, Staples and places like that. You would be surprised at what you would find from them.
If I had a dollar for every time that my eldest daughter came home at the end of a school year with supplies that hadn’t been used or barely used, I’d be quite profitable right now. Which leads me to my next point – anything that you can use from the year before, do it. Rulers, pencil sharpeners, calculators, anything that is still in really good – great quality from the previous year….use it again.
I love my local dollar store. I go there frequently needing only one or two things, but normally end up walking out with a basketful of items ranging from food to storage containers to arts and crafts. But it is a valuable place to go when you’re hunting down school supplies too.