It’s that time of the year again. In many areas of the country, school begins before the end of the month. So you’d better put down that bon-bon, kick off those Zsa-Zsa Gabor pink slippers and get to work. Here’s where to shop for school supplies that will leave plenty of cash left over for your special weekly facials.
This sweet little chain of stores has an eye-opening array of back-to-school supplies for every age: pencils, pens, rulers, crayons, you name it. They even have basic calculators, binders and desk organizational supplies all for …. $1.00! I’d recommend this as your first stop so that you can pick up the majority of the unexciting stuff such as ruled paper, pencils, notebooks, etc.
Dollar Tree is a great place to start out at for a second reason: they offer small size personal care items such as hand sanitizers, lotion, topical antibiotics, and travel toothbrushes that some kids like to have stashed away in some of those zippered compartments on their backpacks.
If you don’t believe me, feel free to visit Dollar Tree’s own specific back-to-school site:
My second visit would be to this office supply store and not necessarily for printer inkjets. They offer some organization to the process as well at their back-to-school website where one can view necessary or recommended supplies by grouped grades.
Prices are very reasonable, if not very good, and count toward your Staples Rewards if you have a Staples frequent shopper card.
Staples also participates in the Box Tops for Education program and will donate 20 bonus box tops for every $20 you spend on Avery products through September 25th.
More information about their special back-to-school offers can be found at:
Finally, I’d take a gander a Walmart. Yes, it is enormous. Yes, it is filled to almost-capacity with hoards of people. Alright already, just go, because they have the rest of the products you need and at a reasonable price.
Many, if not most, Walmarts have a large bulletin board at the beginning of their back-to-school supplies. Local teachers provide their own personal back-to-school required lists and post them there to help you and other parents who promptly lost the list the day it came in the mail.
Walmart also offers free shipping for uniforms and items they consider to be “college essentials.” For more information, visit their back-to-school website at:
Now is the time to get hopping on this. Many states offer a “school tax holiday” during some part of this period when items such as clothing and school supplies per se are exempt from sales tax. In Virginia, that means a 5% tax that isn’t applied this upcoming weekend, August 7-8th.
Freedom looms on the horizon. Let’s get those tykes supplied and ready for school!