I am quite sure you’ll hear a lot from me over the course of the upcoming days about back to school savings. This is pretty much because my kids are going back to school on the 8th. In fact, my freshman age daughter has a “transition” day into high school this upcoming Thursday. So I’m sitting here wondering… where did summer go? How did we get back to school already?
In any case, I already had school supply lists for two of my children. The youngest two who are both in middle school and seem to have supply lists that are a mile long – Also littered with items like gallon size baggies and construction paper (which we did not buy, because I have had three children already go through the school and never once were baggies or construction paper needed in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Thus, I am not purchasing it.
However, my kids are amazing. They reuse supplies. Yep.
This year the only thing I had to purchase was a binder for my 8th grader and a composition notebook for my 7th grader. Every single other supply on the list we either had already, they are reusing from last year or we got on sale a few years ago and some amazing sale (a couple of years ago we found notebooks – 10 for $1.00 and we bought TONS!)
The best part is, I had a super cool binder that my 8th grade daughter wanted that I wasn’t using anymore and it is… wait for it… hot pink – so super cool, right? And it has clear plastic pockets in the front for her to insert photos of her and her friends, which she loved.
Cost of binder = FREE (no clue what it cost, but I bought it about 8 years ago and have never really used it for much)
Cost of composition notebook = 1.97 (now in fairness, I could have purchased a .50 black one, but I told her since she was willing to reuse everything, she could choose a “special” one, so she chose one she liked.
Grand total of school supplies for two children this year? 1.97
Stuff like that makes me SO happy!
P.S. I still have three more kids, all in high school – that need supplies to, but we won’t know what they need until their first day of class. Here’s hoping that they won’t damage the budget too much, we still have a few supplies left over 😉