I mentioned here that our nephew Rylan has come to live with us for the school year. This is my first experience enrolling a child in public school. Along with public school comes a long list of school supplies. Many of the school districts in our area offer a “one-stop-shop” option. For $50-$80, the school will provide your child all the supplies your child will need for the year. I personally think this is a rip off.
So, in the attempt to save a few bucks on school supplies, I’ve been watching the sale ads like crazy. I also made this handy spreadsheet to show you what I’ve found so far. Oh, and Rylan is going to be in the 4th grade, if you were wondering.
*Mechanical pencils were not on the official school list. Rylan asked for mechanical pencils, so we compromised and bought one pack along with regular no. 2 pencils.
You see that I still have a few things to buy. I’m about half way finished and I’ve only spent $8.61. My goal is to come in under $30.00 for everything. If you are wondering about a backpack, Tony’s dad offered to pick that up for us, so I didn’t include that in the list.
We don’t do “new school clothes”. When Rylan needs something, we just pick it up as we go. I’m not buying into all the hype that kids need an entire new wardrobe to start the school year.
I’m also not going to shy away from returning anything I find less expensive elsewhere. We still have two weeks until school starts, so I will keep you updated.