Sales tend to track school openings, so if your area’s public schools start in August, sales at national chains such as Staples, Office Depot and Office Max are likely starting today. For those of you that don’t go back until September, you may not see the same sales start for another two weeks.
Since my area is in the former category, this is a great week for me to kick off the School Supply Challenge of 2012!
If you were around the last two years, you might remember that I have set challenges to myself – and encouraged you to do the same – to spend as little as possible for our school supplies.
In 2010, I got school supplies for two kids for just $5.99 after coupons, sales and rebates.
Last year, I spent just $13.39 for my kindergartner and 2nd grader – under my $15 goal!
In reflecting on those challenge, I put together this list of tips for keeping costs low for school supplies. Go read the post, but here are the keys:
#1. Use what you already have.
#2. Be organized.
#3. Start early.
This year, I have set a goal of spending no more than $20 on supplies for all three kids (my youngest is going to preschool this year, so she’ll have a few supplies, too.)
Looking at the list, $20 seems impossibly low right now, but I know from past experience that shopping the sale and using my coupons can net some impressively LOW results!
I’d also like to encourage all of you with school-age kids to join me in this School Supply Challenge.
You don’t have to set a goal to spend $20 – it can be more or less… whatever makes sense for your family and your list of supplies.
You just need to make it a bonafide challenge. If you know you spent $50 last year, aim to spend $25 this year. You might not make it, but one thing’s for sure – without a goal – and a plan – you definitely won’t!
In the comments section below, please share your goal for how much you are aiming to spend.
Here’s our school supply list.
1 Box Crayola Crayons, 24 Count
1 Box Crayola Markers Washable Wide Line, 8 Count
1 Box Crayola Markers Washable Thin Line, 8 Count
2 Plastic School Boxes (8 X 5 X 2)
1 RED Plastic 2-Pocket Folder
1 BLUE Plastic 2-Pocket Folder
1 Wide lined Spiral Notebook
48 #2 Pencils (12 for art room)
3 Black Fine Line Expo Dry Erase Marker
3 Pink Medium Erasers
1 Elmer’s Glue, 4 oz
2 Large Elmer’s Glue Sticks
1 Roll Scotch Tape
2 Safety Scissors (lefty for left-handed students)
1 Dry Erase Eraser
3 Boxes Tissue, 100 Count
1 container Clorox wipes
1 Wide Lined Spiral Notebook
1 Mead 5-Star 1.5” binder with zipper closure
1 Pocket Folder with brads for Hebrew
5 Pocket Folders
3 Composition Notebooks, 100 pages
1 Packet Notebook Paper, wide rule, 200 pages
1 Pack Eraser Tops, 12 count
36 #2 pencils
3 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
1 Box Crayola Markers, thin line, 12 Count
1 Box Crayola Markers, classic colors, wide line, 12 Count
5 Highlighters, assorted colors
4 Dry Erase Markers, fine tip
3 Boxes Tissue, 100 count
20 Plastic Sheet Protectors with holes
1 Box Colored Pencils
2 Bottles Elmer’s Glue (for art room)