This post is urgent for those with kids still in school! Shortly your kids will be cleaning out their locker or cubbie. You would be shocked at how many school supplies have not been touched! Most schools put out bins to donate leftover school supplies to the district’s summer school program in addition to big garbage cans right in the hallway.
Here is what we reclaimed (so far!) from my middle school student’s locker:
The graphing notebook had three pages used. I know that was expensive. The unopened Post-It’s are like GOLD… those things are crazy expensive! The markers are missing fuchsia. When your kids are little you fear sending then to school with a 10 pack of markers if the teacher asked for 12, but by middle school you are more of a skeptic. My experience is that most of these supplies are never touched!
Now, if you have an upper elementary/middle school student, a bribe may be necessary to get these supplies back. In my case, it was a pick up at school and a trip to Starbucks. Trust me, I am well ahead of the $ 4.55 spent on a Frappucino!
I always keep a school supply bin available. In this one you see yet more filler paper and a 10 piece math set which I got for .25 in October. If you want to be a black-belt school supply saver, keep a list of the supplies for the grade your child will enter the following year and be on the lookout for any odd or expensive items.
I would love to hear about you school supply adventures!