A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I wanted to spend no more than $5 on my school supply lists for both kids. While no one probably even paid attention to my ramblings, that public declaration got me fired up.
I super-shopped the sales in my pursuit of the best deals. Why pay $.15 for a spiral notebook when I could wait a week and pay just a penny?!
I went a little over my $5 mark, but I am really proud to say that we only spent $5.59 (before tax) on the entire list of supplies for my first grader! Plus, my pre-K’er only needs a box of wipes and a box of tissues, both of which I’ll grab from my basement stockpile, so no additional (new) costs there either.
Here’s a quick peak at what I had to buy for his list, with the price I paid for each item and the store I bought it at.
2 boxes Crayola Markers 8-count – FREE after rebate, Walgreens
2 boxes Crayola Crayons 8-count – FREE, from my office supply stockpile
2 plastic school boxes – $.59 each, Walgreens
48 #2 pencils – FERE, from my office supply stockpile
1 purple spiral notebook – $.01, Staples
1 orange spiral notebook – $.01, Staples
1 package fine dry erase markers – $1.00, Staples
3 medium erasers – $.50, Kmart
1 blue pocket folder – $.05, Office Depot
1 purple pocket folder – $.05, Office Depot
2 Elmer’s glue 4 oz. – $.19 each, HyVee
2 Elmer’s glue sticks – FREE, from my office supply stockpile
2 rolls Scotch tape - $.16 each, Target
1 pair safety scissors – FREE, my office supply stockpile
1 dry erase eraser – $1.59, Target (Ideally I would have paid only $1 at Staples a few weeks ago, but I missed the sale while on vacation)
1 pack pencil top erasers – $.50, Kmart
TOTAL = $5.59
My rough calculations are that paying full price for these items would have run me $35 or more. So spending one-seventh of that sounds pretty good to me!
Stay tuned tomorrow when I tell you my best tips for super-sizing your savings on school supplies or any other big shopping list you have.
In the meantime, I want to hear how you did on your back-to-school lists? Did you score any bargains you are especially proud of? Tell me all about it!