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Stock Up for School

July 13th, 2008 at 08:00 am

So, I've been looking through the Sunday ads. School supplies are available already! My kids still have six weeks of summer left.

The good deals I noticed are:

Office Depot

12pk eraser caps $0.01
protractor $0.01
2 pocket paper folder $0.01
ruler $0.01
1 inch 3 ring binder $0.99
6pk highlighters $0.99

Walmart

70 sheet spiral notebook $0.05
4oz Elmer's glue $0.22
2pk Elmer's glue sticks $0.22
24 count Crayola crayons $0.22

Talk about cheap!! Those are some very basic items almost every child needs. There are deals out there, so keep your eyes peeled!

I know my kids are going to need new sneakers for school and a few other basic clothes. I don't usually buy too many clothes before school, unless they are a really great deal. It's still hot for at least the first 6 weeks of school...so I can get the fall clothes on clearance when the time comes.

One daughter will need new underwear and additional socks are also good to stock up on this time of year.

I'm thinking of investing in better backpacks this year, too. I usually buy the $10 backpacks at Target every year, but by the end you can see light through the bottom. These then just get tossed in the landfill! It might be better to spend and extra $20 more to get quality backpacks that could last several years. What do the rest of you do in this area?

9 Responses to “Stock Up for School”

  1. momcents Says:


    My DH works in the corporate headquarters of one of the three largest office supply distributors. The BEST perk is on bring your child to work day the kids get great quality backpacks (with things like ergonomic dynamics? so weight is appied across pack, etc). These last us all year - I definitely suggest better quality back packs.

    I am off to Walmart, too. Seems Communist that we are doing this in July. I am just trying to stetch that dollar as much as I can. Can anyone say taffy puller?

  2. boomeyers Says:

    My daughter goes back to school on Thursday! Smile Year round school here for elementary.

    Walmart was awesome for stocking up and I got loads of stuff prebought for the older two as well. I did notice that Walgreens had some good deals as well.

    As for back packs, my youngest does'nt use a backpack anymore, she just uses a canvas bag and it held up better than any backpack she has had. I just reinforced the handles. You could even use the canvas bags that they are selling for $1 for use at the grocery stores.

    We also opted out of a lunch box. Instead of spending $12 or so on this, we are going to use brown sacks.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I don't have any kids, but I've heard really good things about the Jansport backpack and the Land's End backpacks. One of them has some kind of lifetime guarantee - where if it rips, etc., they will replace it.

    As a former teacher - one request -- please don't get the rolling backpacks!

  4. MariRDH Says:

    I was just telling my hubby that I think we should get our daughter a Jansport this year. She is going into 4th grade and has been using the same Children's Place backpack since kindergarten. Needless to say it is getting pretty worn. I know the Jansports hold up really well, and I have also heard good things about the LandsEnd bags as FrugalTexan mentioned. Lands End is the one that has the unconditional guarantee - check out there explanation...it is pretty funny:
    http://www.landsend.com/cd/fp/help/0,,1_36877_36883_37024___,00.html

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I think I will look into both of those backpacks! Thanks ladies.

    I would never get a rolling backpack...seems a little lazy for some reason. Smile

  6. Amber Says:

    Thanks, I did not get a paper this weekend but will definately stock up

  7. littlegopher Says:

    About three years back, after returning yet another cheapie backpack to Target (tore out after one day's use,) I looked online at Lands End. I figured spending $50 for a quality backpack seemed the better option than 5 cheapies, even if I could return them. I was surprised to find some on clearance for $16 each. I got two different colors in the tropical flower print for my two youngest girls. They still look brand new after all this time - and would definitely be worth full price.

    My oldest two girls in high school don't like carrying backpacks, and one uses a canvas messenger bag and the other uses a canvas tote-style purse. Both bags were fairly cheap at Target, and have held up well, considering how much they manage to stuff in them.

  8. debtfreeme Says:

    This is good information for me too. I participate in a non profits drive for new back packs and supplies each year. i always look for the best deals to strecht my money and make more of teh kits needed for the back packs. tehy go to needy and deserving kids here in the area.

  9. MariRDH Says:

    littlegopher,

    Do you remember when Lands End had the backpacks on sale for $16? I am thinking I could hold off buying my DD a new one until the sale if it is right after school starts. Smile

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