Tuesday, August 9, 2011

6 Reasons to Stock Up on School Supplies Now (even if you do not have kids)!

I love this time of year when school supplies can be found for a penny or a dime or a quarter (literally!) I love that Crayola markers are 99¢ instead of $4 come July and August. I get so excited flipping thru the sale fliers of CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Office Depot, Staples, Office Max during these weeks prior to school starting.

Here are 6 Reasons I collect a huge stockpile of super cheap school supplies (even if you do not have kids of your own!!):

1. I put a lot of my school supply stockpile in a huge bin. And then when my kids get their school supply lists, I have them "go back to school shopping" out of the bin first. Then we go buy whatever else they need that I didn't have.

I use to feel bad about this. I have such sweet memories of my mom and grandmother and sister and me going shopping and picking out notebooks and pencils and bookbags and for some reason I felt like I was short changing my own kids of this sweet experience. But we still go back to school shopping. . . for the items that were not in the bin. . .so we get the sweet memory of back to school shopping, but at 1/2 the price.

2. I make sure I pick up more than just what my kids will use. School supplies are great for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Operation Christmas Child brings hope and joy to children in desperate situations all over the world thru the gift of a shoebox filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, etc. I set aside markers, crayons, small pads of papers, and scissors in a separate bin to be opened in November when we are packing these shoeboxes.
3. I love to grab a few extra packs of those 99¢ Crayola markers (at Walgreens this week) to tie on the top of kid bday and Christmas presents. Or to stick in my own kids' Easter baskets. Or tie on top of teacher appreciation gifts. So I always buy a few dozen marker packs just for this reason. And these marker packs go in my gift bin.

Anyone else do anything special with all these school supply deals?
4. My sister has a "back to school shopping" bin too and after her kids get what they need, she donates the rest of the supplies in her bin to the kids' classrooms.

5. My friend Shannon puts aside extra school supplies for
mid-year stock-ups. Come March, kids are usually out of everything and she is so glad to open her tub of 25 cent crayons and scissors and glue sticks and send in a bagful!

And here is another idea a blog reader sent to me in an email:
6. I keep a tub on a high shelf and that is where I throw/hide birthday treat bag trinkets, happy meal toys, cheap school supply finds, etc. Sure enough, first grade has a prize box so I sent in a whole bag of "free" prizes for that as one of my "wish list" items they asked for.

Tell me do you have any other ideas to add to this list??

1 comment:

  1. awesome :) I love your tips.. now I just need to put some in action. -KN


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