I had originally intended on updating this every Monday until school started. Such is life, things changed. Things changed drastically. While attempting to enroll our nephew in school, my sister-in-law decided to fly him home.
So here I am, stuck with a bunch of school supplies that I don’t really need. What’s a girl to do? I’m very glad that I hadn’t even spent $10.00 on everything yet, so it really wasn’t that big of a deal. I sorted through everything and made three piles.
The first pile was for things I would keep. I kept things like the scissors, black pens, pencils, colored pencils, one of the pencil sharpeners, glue, ruler, and the dry erase markers.
The second pile was for everything that I would return. I returned the markers, one of the pencil sharpeners (we don’t need two), mechanical pencils, and the erasers. I didn’t see us using any of these things, so back to Target they went. I got $3.28 back.
The third pile was for the things we just won’t use, but were too good of a deal to return. I think I will take all of these items to our local elementary school. There are always children that don’t have any/enough school supplies. This pile consists of the folders with brads, highlighters, pencils, and a pack of red pens. As a former teacher, I know the importance of the red pen.
So we are back down to just one child. I did learn a few things about buying school supplies:
- I despise Office Max and Staples for their $5 minimum to buy their penny items.
- Office Depot doesn’t have a minimum purchase on any of their items. And if you are super friendly, they will probably let you buy more than the limit too!
- No matter how good Wal-Mart’s deals are, I’m still not venturing in. Saving an extra $.05 is not worth my sanity.
- Watch your sale flyers!
- Don’t be afraid to return items when you find them cheaper. Save your receipts!
How did your school supply shopping go this year?