Back to School Shopping on a Budget

Now that the Fourth of July has passed, the next big item on the calendar is back to school shopping. This year is likely to be financially tighter than previous years for many people. Not only are families facing tighter budgets, state shortfalls are placing more of the supply burden on parents rather than school systems. So what can you do to cut some costs and still send junior to school with what he needs?

Reuse: Last year’s backpack or lunchbox is probably still good. There may be notebooks with only a few sheets ripped out. Folders may be bent, but still usable. Sports equipment can probably endure one more season. The computer can probably last one more year. Yes, a lot of kids

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7 Responses to Back to School Shopping on a Budget

  1. David G. Mitchell says:

    Great list!

  2. anonymous says:

    Do your school have very detailed lists of school supplies to arrive with? Start campaigning for your school to stop demanding the specifics. What difference does it make which color folders and spiral notebooks the kids have for each subject? Why is it necessary for the school to dictate a certain brand of scissors and markers? Why must they have the special fading-to-clear-gluestick? Tell the school to stop demanding three large boxes of tissues per child and four rolls of paper towels. Who cares whether my kid has a zippered pencil case, a snap-shut pencil box, or just an interesting container recycled from home?

  3. Journey says:

    I need to work on a starting grad school budget. I know there will be some serious expenses.

  4. We homeschool, but love to buy our supplies when they are on sale for back to school.

    Several thrift stores around here also have new back to school items dirt cheap. I got a bunch of pencils for a penny each.

  5. Gail says:

    I have found it so interesting now that I’m in my fifties and no kids in school any more how many supplies that schools are demanding that the students have. I remember getting a box of fat crayons and a pencil on the first day of school from the school and that was to last all year. As we got older we were responsible to bring in our own notebook (any kind), our own paper, pens and pencils (any type)and if we had a cold to bring in our own tissues. What is with this supplying classrooms with tissues and paper towels. Whats wrong with using rags for clean up or whatever? And why in the world do school lists say kids need a 1″ 3 ring binder or whatever instead of using the 2″ binder again that the school required the year before? Utter nonsense! I pay hefty taxes and can’t believe the waste and high costs that our school districts are paying for stuff that is absolutely unnecssary. School supplies shouldn’t break the bank of any family. Why aren’t school parents revolting? Until there is a revolt against the nonsense, this list is great.

    As an aside, this list makes sense for small at home businesses too. I try to get the best deals I can for our office supplies and back to school time is a good time to stock up. Currently I have a note on my monitor to order some supplies before the last week of August when a supply sale will be over. I don’t need them yet, so I’m not going to spend the money until the last possible minute, but it is a great sale so I will stock up enough to last me till the next great deal when I do put in the order.

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  7. Meaghan says:

    Good advice. I’m going to share this on my blog. Thanks!

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