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pandora174
08-02-2009, 06:52 PM
I am 90 % done & so happy ! I got great sales at Wal-Mart & Walgreens. Have extras for all supplies for the entire school year. Let's see : Backpack/complete uniforms/sneakers/socks/underwear/lunch box/water bottle :thumbsup2 all checked off the list

But all I need is a stinking wooden ruler & I can only find plastic..relax my DH tells me, we'll find one. I still have to have his uniform embroided (private school), hope I can still use Kinder's bible from last year & again find the stupid wooden ruler & I will be 100 % ready for school :dance3:

Any suggestions please ! I hate buying school supplies, oh yeah just remembered I forgot white undershirts & he needs a haircut :scared:
I swear at this time of year no matter how I budget & I get great deals on everything there just seems to be so much to do & buy ! Plus planning a summer vacation probably added some undue stress...

ajk912
08-02-2009, 07:09 PM
Office Max has the wooden rulers for a penny right now.

I was just thinking about this, actually!!! I am going to go through the kids stash that we have been picking up here and there and see where we are at. I think I am about 50% done, give or take. I have three kids to shop for this year, so the lists seem daunting. School starts Sept 8 here, and I like to be done a month in advance (I want this year to be the year I beat the rush :scared1:) so I really only have a few days before my self imposed August 8 deadline.

D,L and K's Mom
08-02-2009, 07:13 PM
We are almost done...DD in first grade done with supply shopping but we still have to make her Art Smock. We went to Goodwill and bought a white mens short sleeved dress shirt and some fabric paints at JoAnns. We are going to paint it one of these rainy days. I have pretty much all older DDs supplies but she really does not know what she needs for her college classes. We are all done with Dorm stuff.

blaze1599
08-02-2009, 07:21 PM
We finished ours today. 1st and Kindergarten. Of course this is kind of last minute since the first day of school is August 10. Last week of summer vacation for all of us.

englishrose47
08-02-2009, 07:21 PM
Have been picking up from sales for a month !! Best places Office Max,WalMart Walgreens and CVS!!!
Office Max got crayons 1c, filler paper 10c, rulers 1c, folders 1c
WalMart glue stix 25c, notebooks 15c (were 5c last year)
Walgreens pencils 19c,markers 9c,pencils 19c,
CVS pencils ,pens ,scissors ,rulers, comp.notebooks all free usng ecbs !!

I have a tote jammed packed with school supplies !!

bigbabyblues
08-02-2009, 07:37 PM
Yep, we're done, but I bought quite a bit more than they ended up needing. That's what I get for guessing, but it won't hurt anything. I had to get a couple extra things for DS8 after we got his list, but it wasn't a big deal.

bridget
08-02-2009, 08:05 PM
Totally done :) As a teacher, I go back on Wednesday!

mum4jenn
08-02-2009, 08:07 PM
I think I am done as well. I ended up buying more than DD needed but I took advantage of the best sales so if they don't make any changes in the supply list for 2010-2011 then we should not have to buy anything next year except maybe binders since they never last.

MelAnderson
08-02-2009, 08:50 PM
School starts in a few weeks and I'm pretty much done. Aside from kleenex and paper towels, I'm all set. And today I ordered a LL Bean rolling backpack and some new gyms shoes. I also used the Old Navy Friends and Family 30% off sale to stock up on some new underwear.

sarahlovesmickey
08-02-2009, 09:03 PM
All I have left to get are sneakers for Bailey and dress shoes and sneakers for Maddie. I have everything for Logan. I plan on getting the sneakers and dress shoes for Maddie the weekend of the 15th. We start school here on August 27th! YIKES!

Poohbug
08-02-2009, 09:31 PM
I am 98% done with the school shopping.

That is funny about the ruler because my DS needs a clear plastic ruler and all I can find are wooden or solid color plastic.:confused3

princessfionasmom
08-02-2009, 09:32 PM
All we have to do is get shoes for both DS and DD! It's so nice to be done and not have to think about it. My kids aren't back to school until after Labor Day so we still have a ways to go. Now I can enjoy the rest of the summer and not worry about back to school stuff. Yeah!!!

Took
08-02-2009, 09:40 PM
We finished today!

:goodvibes

java
08-02-2009, 09:45 PM
Well school doesn't start here until Sept 10!!:scared1:
So while I have a bunch started - I still don't have the list for my first grader. Sometimes we don't get it until the first day.
But I am stocking up as things go on sale-(like today at Staples that penny paper!)

mrsbornkuntry
08-02-2009, 10:18 PM
I don't have lists for two of my kids yet, but I would say I'm almost done. I still need some ziploc bags, a pair of shoes for my 5yo, and I'm still waiting to find out if DD needs a specific calculator for Algebra. I'm going to call the school tomorrow and see if they'll tell me so I can watch for sales.

minniebows
08-02-2009, 10:21 PM
We have 2 kids (kindergarten and 3rd grade) and we are finished shopping!!!!!

JoshChristineplus3
08-02-2009, 10:30 PM
We've been done for awhile. DS #1 starts first grade tomorrow morning...waa hooo!!!!!!!!

mum4jenn
08-02-2009, 10:35 PM
We've been done for awhile. DS #1 starts first grade tomorrow morning...waa hooo!!!!!!!!

Awwww. First grade is such a sweet time!!! I remember my Dd's first day and how excited she was. Now she will begin 6th grade(middle school) and even though she loves school she is not looking forward to it this year. I guess it is a little scary!!

NYCDiane
08-02-2009, 10:43 PM
I am soooo annoyed about school shopping this year! :mad: When my daughter was in Catholic school, we got the supply list for the following year on the last day of school with the report cards and I would have all my school shopping done before July 4th. Now, the public school she's in doesn't give the supply list until September 1st and school starts on September 8th!!!

By September 1st, WalMart, Target, etc will probably be totally out of school supplies and I'll end up getting stuck shopping at Staples, which will end up costing me twice as much. :sad2:

I thought about buying "basics", but I have no clue if the teachers want: marble composition books or spiral.... 1 subject, 3 subject, or 5 subject books.... pens or pencils or erasable pens?..... binder or not?... filler paper?... how many and what types of folders?.... UGH! It's driving me bats!! I know I can get the other basic things... markers, color pencils, glue sticks, book socks... because we'll use those regardless, but I need to know about the main items and what type of back pack is acceptable and if she can "dress up" the locker with shelves, mirror, etc......

ACK!

Colleen27
08-02-2009, 11:09 PM
That's one thing that stinks about our late start. My kids won't get their school supply lists until the first day of school, Sept 8, well after all the sales have come & gone. So I stock up on basics - notebooks, pencils, pens, looseleaf paper, folders, glue sticks - this time of year and still end up buying some odds and ends to completel the list in Sept.

Jsme
08-02-2009, 11:20 PM
I don't have lists for two of my kids yet, but I would say I'm almost done. I still need some ziploc bags, a pair of shoes for my 5yo, and I'm still waiting to find out if DD needs a specific calculator for Algebra. I'm going to call the school tomorrow and see if they'll tell me so I can watch for sales.

Make sure you speak with either the Math Department Head or the Curriculum & Testing Coordinator. Either should know which calculator they use. I would not take just anyone's word for it at the school.

Also to everyone that has a "school supply list" this is a general list. Once your student is in their class or classes their actual teacher might have a totally different list.

I always just make sure I have dividers, folders and college ruled loose leaf paper. Otherwise I do not worry about the other stuff until they are in class. Yes, that is a pain but after working in the school system for 10 years and my children being in private and public schools for 12 I have learned I like to wait.

momof1princess
08-02-2009, 11:28 PM
i'm done with DD's school supply list and almost all of her clothes :banana: gonna hit another store or two and pick up a few more pairs of shorts, undies and socks.

NYCDiane
08-03-2009, 07:58 AM
Yes, that is a pain but after working in the school system for 10 years and my children being in private and public schools for 12 I have learned I like to wait.


Just out of curiosity, do the 6th graders need a specific calculator or do they just use a regular one?

Aliceacc
08-03-2009, 08:36 AM
All I need is erasable pens. Somehow I completely missed them.

Any first time parents: take advantage of the summer sales to STOCK UP!!! It's a real pain when your child tells you Tuesday at bedtime that he needs a new composition book for tomorrow. And then they're $2.59, not the $0.50 that Walmart has them at now.

For example, the next few days, Staples has looseleaf (120 count) for $0.01. (limit 5) You KNOW you'll need notebooks and pencils and crayons and markers and glue sticks-- get them now and just designate a storage spot in the house. You'll be glad you did!!

Disneycrazymom
08-03-2009, 10:47 AM
Just out of curiosity, do the 6th graders need a specific calculator or do they just use a regular one?

I teach 6/7/8 grade math and I do request a certain one. It is so nice for them all to be working with the same calculator when we get to sin/***. While I won't cover that in 6th grade if they buy it then they have it for all 3 years. The one I request is usually on sale for $10.99 so I don't feel to badly asking for an extra supply. What happens when they have a different one is as we are working together I cannot tell them which button to push to get to the function. If we all have the same one I can hold mine up and say this is the button to get to sin or whatever. We can do so much more in the short class time if we all have the same equipment. I buy a couple myself every year. Someday I'll have a class supply!!!

My2Qtz0205
08-03-2009, 10:58 AM
Our school has not released their school supply list yet, but I was able to go to the school district website and view it. I have some things left over from last year--#2 pencils, no run glue, safety scissors, a highlighter, a box of 24-pack crayons, and his pencil box. I still need to get 2 composition notebooks, 2 pocket folders, a large eraser, glue sticks, tissues, baby wipes, a box of gallon-sized Ziplock bags, and a container of disinfecting wipes. I'm going to Office Max in a few to get the composition notebooks (50c/ea.) and the folders (1c each).

This weekend is tax-free weekend on school supplies and clothes in our state. We are doing our big shopping on Sunday. I wanted to hit Office Max today, though, because they ran out of sale items last year.

UCFALUM
08-03-2009, 12:01 PM
The boys start next week and we just got the list Friday. I've been stocking up on all the sales and the CA school list is not nearly as extensive as MD was. Have all the big stuff done- new gym shoes, socks, jeans, shirts and snacks for lunches. Just need a 1.5 inch binder and hole re-enforcers-who would have thought that?- and we are done!!

englishrose47
08-04-2009, 12:52 PM
Just got the lists for the 8th graders today in the mail !! They were happy I had so much already!! 6 filler paper packs each, 3 2pkt folders ( I have enuff till they graduate I think) 2 black composition notebooks, 3 spiral notebooks and of course pens , pencils, markers etc !! I have to get colored pencils on sale still and stupid stuff like antibacterial wipes that I didn't even think of !! Had plenty of Keenex though!!Thy are checking the lists nd giving me a still need one !!