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AshtonsMom99
07-19-2011, 02:53 PM
Where is everyone finding the best deals?.....My son is in middle school this year and I am so afraid Im going to have to pay 60 plus dollars for supplies, his list is LOOOOOOONNNNNG!

debrapagliasotti
07-19-2011, 02:58 PM
Have you tried Staples? I know they always have awesome deals supposedly. We dont have one near us, so we always end up at Wal Mart or Target. I went to Wal Mart last week and a small bottle of Elmers glue was $1.40!! Crazy! Boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons were $1.20! Nuts! Went to Target over the weekend and their prices seemed more reasonable.

Good luck...hope you find some good deals!

mjantz
07-19-2011, 02:59 PM
If it makes you feel better, the prepackaged deal my kids school is offering is almost $200. I'll pass!!

AshtonsMom99
07-19-2011, 03:05 PM
If it makes you feel better, the prepackaged deal my kids school is offering is almost $200. I'll pass!!
EEK!!! Yeah no thanks.....I'd pass to!

Poohbear Family
07-19-2011, 03:07 PM
For sale items, the office supply stores have the best deals (Office Depot and Staples). If you have a Walgreen's near you, they have a few good items each week but like the office supply stores, you will be going back multiple times. For "regular" price items, Walmart and Target seem to have decent prices.

Another idea for next year is save your empty ink cartridges and return them to a store (like Staples) that gives you $2 store credit for each empty one. That will help offset the cost of school supplies.

Disneyliscious
07-19-2011, 07:32 PM
My son hits middle school this year. Each student pays $25 and supplies their own paper and pencil. Thats it.

I wish all schools made it this easy.

rszdtrvl
07-19-2011, 07:37 PM
I have been hitting up yard sales for supplies this summer. I have found so far : messenger type book bag, 3 different scientific calculators (one is even a graphing calculator too!) and pencils.

My son starts high school this year, and I know different supplies will be needed (such as a scientific calculator).

rysmomma242
07-19-2011, 07:42 PM
Toys R Us has BOG2 crayola this week. Check out CouponingtoDisney.com. She posts awesome deals on her blog everyday.

lizabu
07-19-2011, 08:12 PM
I know every year Old Navy has backpacks and lunch bags on sale just before Back to school so I wait for that sale. Paper I watch the flyers but Walmart often has it for 25 cents just before back to school. I buy as much as I can at the dollar store. They have crayola pencil crayons and all kinds of goodies for $1

hereyago
07-19-2011, 11:29 PM
If it makes you feel better, the prepackaged deal my kids school is offering is almost $200. I'll pass!!

What?! there better be a mani pedi, massage with that deal:rotfl2:

GatorMama
07-20-2011, 07:22 AM
Best deal? Re-use as much as you can from last year. Need colored pencils? Unless the box from last year is down to nubs under 3", there is still A LOT of use left in them. Markers? Have a contest to see who can find the most markers that are still good enough to use. I *LOVE* school supply shopping (seriously- it could be an illness... I can't walk into that section of WalMart or Target this time of year without walking out with something I don't need. When niece was in the 7th grade, we sat down and talked about everything she needed and went to see if she had any of the items from last year. And she did. She had MOST of it. She needed kleenex, hand sanitizer and paper... and about 1/2 of the 3 prong folders on the list (she had a few that were still usable). It really did become a game to see how much we could find that she could still use again. I loved spending that time with her and her mom was glad to pay less than $15 for school supplies (I think she did end up with a new backpack later in the year when hers died...)

TLuvsD
07-20-2011, 03:07 PM
for the mommas dot com has a school supply deal list, just click the box on the upper right that says school supply deals. They are listed by store so you can choose the stores near you.

aprilgail2
07-20-2011, 03:14 PM
If it makes you feel better, the prepackaged deal my kids school is offering is almost $200. I'll pass!!

Ours is only 80.00 from the school!

I have been hitting up yard sales for supplies this summer. I have found so far : messenger type book bag, 3 different scientific calculators (one is even a graphing calculator too!) and pencils.

My son starts high school this year, and I know different supplies will be needed (such as a scientific calculator).

Our need the scientific calculator in school to but the schools have to provide them- there was some kind of lawsuit brought on the schools and they ruled that if they wanted them to use an item that is that expensive they had to provide it for the students. If they lose it you must pay for it but they have to provide them.

I Believe In Magic
07-20-2011, 06:21 PM
Wow I have never heard of schools putting together packages of school supplies. That takes all the fun out of it! I LOVE buying school supplies, but the cheaper the better. What happened to all the good deals! Staples has a few but to get 2 packs of pens for a penny you have to spend $5.00. Thank goodness we are stocked from last year so the lists will be small this year! Good luck :banana:

mjantz
07-20-2011, 06:36 PM
What?! there better be a mani pedi, massage with that deal:rotfl2:

I KNOW!!! I'm going to do what I did last year. First, check what she already has (scissors, flash drive, etc). Then I'm going to hit up Dollar Tree for as much as possible (paper towels, hand sanitizer, etc) & then watch the deals at Target, Wal-Mart & Staples. I'm sure I can get it under $150, if not $100.

aprilgail2
07-20-2011, 08:06 PM
My daughters list isn't as bad now in Jr High as it was in grade school! She no longer needs sanitizer, tissues etc! If they do ask for tissues and the kids bring them in they do get extra credit!

This year she needs-

4- 1.5 inch binders- one blue, one red, one yellow and one green
2 packs looseleaf paper
3 packages of dividers
pens
#2 pencils
Index cards
9x12 sketchbook
ticonderoga pencils for art
white eraser
5 pocket folders- all different colors
3 composition notebooks
2 cloth (no paper please) textbook covers
post it notes
highlighter
white-out
trapper keeper
12x18 portfolio
1 spiral notebook
combination lock (girls only, boys lockers have them built in)

thats it for this year!

Plumeria9
07-20-2011, 08:12 PM
I have a copy of what each of my kids needs, I carry it around w/ me. I go thru my stockpile (yeah its pretty decent) and check off what I have. Then I scour the deals on Sunday or whenever and run in the store to grab stuff at super cheap prices. This week Office Depot has notebook paper, 150 sheets for 25 a pack, limit 5, also have 24 pack Crayolas for 25. Can't beat it! Between Staples, OD, Target, Walmart, I will find everything I need in the next few weeks. Also as someone else mentioned check out the deal blog gals - couponingtodisney.com, deal seeking mom, and totallytarget.com are some faves! Good luck! oh yeah, and my girls are using their still almost perfect backpacks from last year.

TLuvsD
07-21-2011, 02:12 PM
Watch the inexpensive filler paper, it's often 8 x 10 1/2, not 81/2 x 11. If that works for your school/student that's great, but our schools specifically request 8 1/2 X 11.

For the Staples deals requiring a $5 minimum purchase, buy the copy paper with the rebate, it covers the $5 minimum, but you get most of your money back.

TexasNative
07-21-2011, 02:49 PM
Target and Walmart usually have $.25 crayons, glue, pencils, etc. starting the last week of July or first week of August in my area (TX). I was in Walmart yesterday and noticed Elmer's glue was $.40.

Sandy61
07-21-2011, 03:08 PM
I have been hitting up yard sales for supplies this summer. I have found so far : messenger type book bag, 3 different scientific calculators (one is even a graphing calculator too!) and pencils.

My son starts high school this year, and I know different supplies will be needed (such as a scientific calculator).

I just got a scientific calculator at Menards for .99 after rebate. Not the higher level graphing kind but he is going into 7th grade.

Sandy61
07-21-2011, 03:20 PM
I was really ticked off a few years ago when we had a huge list that included us buying those wipe off markers for the teachers' white boards. We also had to bring 3 boxes of tissues and lots of hand sanitizer for the classroom. That particular teacher did not want the kids to wash their hands, just use hand sanitizer until there were complaints. This year is not bad at all.

Here are some other Menards deals today after rebate...

.09 book covers, folders (ugh paper ones, didn't get), notebooks, 100 index cards, 3 pack glue sticks

.39 markers, highlighters, scissors (small), filler paper, nice pens roller? with grips

.69 1 in binders, big scissors, big postit notepads

.99 dry erase board for locker, 3 subject notebook, planner schedule book

9.99 wireless mouse and keyboard

Jedana
07-21-2011, 05:06 PM
Publix (if you have one nearby) has Crayola crayon 24 packs 3/$1. Same with pencils and glue. 3 packs of glue sticks are 3/$2. Shapies (large colored pack) are BOGO @$6.99. They have pens packs 2/$1.

I bought the colored pencils and markers at Target, Roseart brand @.69 each.

I still have to get DS a backpack (this weekend) and a couple of folders and tissues. Hand sanitizers I have a ton of, we get them free from my DH's medical clinic, same with hand soaps.

TLuvsD
07-21-2011, 05:18 PM
Bought a Jansport backpack at Kohls today, they are on sale, and I had one of those $10 off peelies from the front of the newspaper, so you might check Kohls if you have one nearby.

cathyce2
07-21-2011, 05:21 PM
I just wish I had a list for my middle schooler. Each teacher will give her a list on the first day of school when lots of things are sold out. Maybe this year she will be able to use some of the supplies I gambled on this time last year that weren't right for some reason (ex: I bought spiral notebooks on sale, but most teachers wanted binders....)

Disneyliscious
07-21-2011, 07:01 PM
Can I ask what it is thats on the list for $200? I've never in my life heard of such an enormous amount for school supplies. I know the scientific calculators can be expensive, but we got a generic one at wal-greens for $10 and it worked just fine. They usually don't use all the functions on the calc anyway so as long as it has the algebraic forumlas on it they are generally ok. I would ask my sons teacher before I spent $80-$100 on a calculator. Also, check eBay or CL for deals.

Even IF you paid $80 for a calc, what is the other $120 coming from? Paper, pens, pencils, index cards, all that stuff is super cheap. I just don't understand.

I'd tell my sons school where they could shove it if they sent me home a list of stuff for $200.

MrsPete
07-21-2011, 07:09 PM
Best deal? Re-use as much as you can from last year. Absolutely! Even with heavy use, a good backpack should get 3-4 years of use. A scientific calculator should see a kid though high school -- possibly college. Oh, and locks. They should last year to year. Other things have a shorter lifespan, but it's likely that your kids have something left over from last year.I *LOVE* school supply shopping (seriously- it could be an illness... My kids share this same illness! They take back-to-school shopping very seriously, and they try so hard to pick out the best deals each week. Through back-to-school shopping they've learned about price matching, coupons, and 1-cent-if-you-spend-$5 deals.

We always buy enough to last all year long so the kids can "go shopping in the file cabinet drawer" later on, and we usually spend about $30 total. Our need the scientific calculator in school to but the schools have to provide them- there was some kind of lawsuit brought on the schools and they ruled that if they wanted them to use an item that is that expensive they had to provide it for the students. If they lose it you must pay for it but they have to provide them.Yes and no. The school has to provide calculators to use IN THE CLASSROOM, but kids don't get to take them home . . . which doesn't help them with their homework. So that doesn't do any good for homework. High schoolers taking college-prep math do need a graphing calculator. It's better just to bite the bullet and go ahead and get one.

MrsPete
07-21-2011, 07:16 PM
Bought a Jansport backpack at Kohls today, they are on sale, and I had one of those $10 off peelies from the front of the newspaper, so you might check Kohls if you have one nearby.Like most name-brand backpacks, JanSport has a lifetime guarantee on your seams and zippers. Save your receipt and tags.
I just wish I had a list for my middle schooler. Each teacher will give her a list on the first day of school when lots of things are sold out. Maybe this year she will be able to use some of the supplies I gambled on this time last year that weren't right for some reason (ex: I bought spiral notebooks on sale, but most teachers wanted binders....)Middle schools and high schools don't usually send home lists, but safe bets include small binders (my girls like the little flimsy ones that're .99 when they're not even on sale), plenty of looseleaf paper, plenty of pens and pencils. Maybe 2 of those small black-and-white composition books and some graph paper. Add a package of poster board, some markers, erasers.

That's what we get, and we rarely have to buy something mid-year.

mjantz
07-21-2011, 07:40 PM
Can I ask what it is thats on the list for $200? I've never in my life heard of such an enormous amount for school supplies. I know the scientific calculators can be expensive, but we got a generic one at wal-greens for $10 and it worked just fine. They usually don't use all the functions on the calc anyway so as long as it has the algebraic forumlas on it they are generally ok. I would ask my sons teacher before I spent $80-$100 on a calculator. Also, check eBay or CL for deals.

Even IF you paid $80 for a calc, what is the other $120 coming from? Paper, pens, pencils, index cards, all that stuff is super cheap. I just don't understand.

I'd tell my sons school where they could shove it if they sent me home a list of stuff for $200.

I'm not going to list amounts unless it's more than 1-2. Here ya go:

Paper towels, Kleenex, clorox wipes, 8 dry erase markers, pocket folders with brads (2 each):red, blue, green, white & brown, 3 ring binder (2-inch) 12 glue sticks, 5 composition notebooks, 70 wood pencils, 2 clear rulers, 5pkgs notebook paper, 2 protractors, pkg red pens, 2 plastic pocket folders, compass, card stock, crayons, highlighters, 4 pink erasers, erasable black pens, 2 disposable cameras, water bottle, washable markers, scissors, more card stock (different size), flash drive, 3 ring binder (1inch), hand sanitizer, index cards, colored pencils, 3 ring binder (3 inch), pencil bag, 4 spiral notebooks, latex gloves, masking tape, 2pkgs of dividers with tabs.

That's all of it

Jennifer823
07-21-2011, 08:14 PM
If your school only wants a graphing calculator to use at home, there are some free online graphing calculators. We homeschool and found one at coolmath dot com slash graphit

It worked fine for the few times my son had to use it for Algebra I. Google "online graphing calculator" and you'll find some :)

snowy76
07-22-2011, 08:52 AM
I definitely start with Staples weekly ad - they usually have a page of $1 deals. It's limit of 2 of each item, but if I know I'm going to be out and about I'll stop at a couple of different ones or have DH stop at the one by his job.

This week I'm finding BIC Click Sticks, retractable highlighters, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers and erasers (I'm a teacher so I grab those up when I can find a deal), glue sticks, and washable markers among other things.

Get a rewards card there too, and look for the Easy Rebate offers. You enter your receipt info online and they send you a check or GC.

We start shopping early and always find deals. But we always get slammed by the cost of binders, anything 1" and under is pretty useless in high school unless you're super organized - DS and DD have always reused binders from the previous year when possible.

Also, if your district is like ours with a pretty standard supply list that doesn't change much, I always go back to the stores in September and grab items on clearance that I know the kids will need next year. Pencils don't go out of style LOL.

TLuvsD
07-22-2011, 11:10 AM
If you don't get the supply list until the start of school, buy basics...and ask for next year's list when school starts. In elementary the lists were printed by grade on the same page, I just saved the list and used it the following summer. I don't think it ever changed. I told my cousin to ask for the next grade's list when school started, it saved them a lot of money the following year.

If your kids are tough on binders, the Staples ones with the rubber "hinge" area are worth every penny. D is in high school, they will even bend back for her to fit more on the desk and not break. Love them!

MrsPete
07-22-2011, 11:56 AM
anything 1" and under is pretty useless in high school unless you're super organized - DS and DD have always reused binders from the previous year when possible.My high school daugther has taken this from a different side: She's always preferred the thin, flimsy 1" binders that cost .25 on sale/.99 at full price. They're plenty big for a one-semester class, and they weigh nothing in a backpack. She likes to have one per class. She's such a geek: She likes to save her notes, so we haven't been re-using these.

ENSOCK
07-22-2011, 12:12 PM
My 6th grader list is this:

Pencil pouch with following:
pack of red ink pens
pack of highlighters
pair of scissors
park of pink lg. erasers
12pk pencils
glue
pack of markers or color pencils
assignment pad
pack of loose leaf paper
2 containers of clorox or lysol wipes
box of tissue
2 12oz germx
$5.00 for plastic folders given to teacher. :scared1:
1 1/2 inch binder with 10 tab dividers
2 - 1 in binder with clear view portfolio and 4 tab dividers
pack of sheet protectors
pack of note cards
journal
dictionary
thesaurus
2 single subject notebooks
ruler
graph paper
3 plastic folders
protractor
additional index cards


I am still trying to figure out why they are requesting $5 for folders then in the same list adding folders in certain colors.

Last year we purchased him the binders that were requested but after a month the teachers called into a meeting and requested that we get him notebooks because he just could not get his stuff together with the binders. He would have his binder opened then put his book on the floor because it took up too much room on his desk. I am going to request that he have just notebooks this year also since it help him get organized better. I will purchase 5 subjects instead of binders and tabs. I hate back to school shopping!!!!!!!!!!

Disneyliscious
07-22-2011, 01:38 PM
Thanks for posting your list. I itemized each item out with a price I have either paid myself or simply googled each item and found a price (and I didnt choose the lowest price). It just boils me that a school would want to charge $200 for putting together a batch of otherwise cheap school supplies and make a PROFIT off of it. And whats with the odd stuff? Cameras? Latex Gloves? A whole box of gloves, no less. All the different types of markers/pens. Sounds to me like the teacher wants to just stock her room with stuff "in case" she uses it. Clorox wipes? Really? They didn't even have Clorox Wipes when I went to school. It was called soap and water. OP, PLEASE don't think Im picking on you. Im not. Im just livid that a school would do this. Here is your list:

Paper towels - $1.00
Kleenex - $1.00
clorox wipes - $2.00
8 dry erase markers - $5.00
pocket folders with brads (2 each):red, blue, green, white & brown - $2.50
3 ring binder (2-inch) - $4.00
12 glue sticks - $3.00
5 composition notebooks - $.75 (just bought them @ $.15/ea at Walmart last night)
70 wood pencils - $1.50
2 clear rulers $.50
5pkgs notebook paper - $.75
2 protractors - $2.00
pkg red pens - $1.00
2 plastic pocket folders - $1.00
compass - $4.00
card stock - $3.00
crayons - $.25
highlighters - $4.00
4 pink erasers - $.50
erasable black pens - $2.00
2 disposable cameras - $10.00
water bottle, $2.00
washable markers - $5.00
scissors - $.50
more card stock (different size) - $3.00
flash drive - $8.00
3 ring binder (1inch) - $1.00
hand sanitizer - $2.00
index cards - $.50
colored pencils - $1.00
3 ring binder (3 inch) - $3.00
pencil bag - $.50
4 spiral notebooks - $.60
latex gloves - $4.00
masking tape - $1.00
2pkgs of dividers with tabs - $6.00

TOTAL - $87.85
So the school charges $112.15 for each student to put this all together? What a load of crap. I would write the mayor, the newspaper, the news, and my congressmen about this.

You pay taxes which are to support the schools. Schools also receive state and federal funds/grants. They also generally have fundraisers throughout the year. Asking a parent to supply the NECESSARY items for a child to learn is one thing, making a profit off of the students LEARNING SUPPLIES is another.

Un-freakin-believable! I surely hope none of the parents take this "package deal".

robinb
07-22-2011, 03:13 PM
Where is everyone finding the best deals?.....My son is in middle school this year and I am so afraid Im going to have to pay 60 plus dollars for supplies, his list is LOOOOOOONNNNNG!I just dropped more than $60 for my DD who is going into 7th grade. I didn't pay a whole lot anything individually, but it all added up!

I did find a VERY good deal today for Expo Whiteboard Markers at Office Max. 4-packs are currently on sale for 2/$5 and Office Max has a coupon for $5 off 3 Expo/Sharpie items. I got 4 4-packs for $5! We keep a whiteboard on our fridge for our grocery list and I pick up markers at back to school time :).

andymattmom
07-22-2011, 03:25 PM
We stock up and read the ads weekly. We usually end up as others have suggested at Staples and Walgreens. I just went to Staples and got the FAR items and the notecards. I took my teenage son and got double everything and used my inlaws for the second rebate amount...figure they can use the money and I got deals on my supplies.

On the pocket folders I have found the 5-10cent each ones are so flimsy. I just went to Target and got Mead pocket folders for 50 cents each. They might be more but in the end if I have to replace the cheapies a couple times a year it evens out (kinda). I have a stockpile of pens, pencils, index cards, glue, spiral notebooks and loose paper.

Remember places price match too...so that can save a trip. While it is easy to complain about the cost of school supplies and say the school shouldn't be requesting kleenex, dry erase markers, hand sanitizers, etc. as parents we need to remember that school budgets are being hit hard. They are having budgets cuts and layoffs. Teachers pay out of pockets for lots of things. PTO isn't able to give as much to teachers and teachers shouldn't have to pay out of pocket for the hand sanitizer, kleenex, etc. that the kids use. As parents we need to step up and supply the things the teachers request. It is a small price to pay for education to send in the kleenex boxes, etc. It is not fair to the teachers to supply for entire class for the year and the schools can't afford. With dry erase boards in most classes the markers get used by everyone...including kids. Also, in our school districts kids are given dry erase boards to do work on during math time, etc. and need the markers to use on these. The teacher should have to buy 30+ for his/her class to use.

It is a tough time of year to buy stuff! I always buy doubles so we have extra in January if needed or if there is stuff needed for a special project (Walgreens at some point has poster board on sale and I have white and colors to use that I never paid full price for). I always buy extra colored pencils (even in high school you need or can use at home for projects).

Happy School shopping!

mjantz
07-22-2011, 05:37 PM
FYI that my kids are at a charter school so sometimes more is asked. Also, I asked for whiteboard markers from my parents because the kids used them for writing center during center time. I had my own for teaching time. The parent ones were for the centers.

MrsPete
07-23-2011, 08:28 AM
TOTAL - $87.85
So the school charges $112.15 for each student to put this all together? What a load of crap. I would write the mayor, the newspaper, the news, and my congressmen about this. I wonder if they had to pay someone to do the shopping /assembling of the packages. I wouldn't do all of that for free (especially because your prices are clearly sale prices, so it'd be necessary to watch and shop multiple times at multiple places). That would legitimately add to the price.

MrsPete
07-23-2011, 08:34 AM
While it is easy to complain about the cost of school supplies and say the school shouldn't be requesting kleenex, dry erase markers, hand sanitizers, etc. as parents we need to remember that school budgets are being hit hard. They are having budgets cuts and layoffs. Teachers pay out of pockets for lots of things. Thanks! It's absolutely true that we can say, "We shouldn't have to pay this or that", but when parents don't provide supplies, the teacher ends up doing it. The single thing I need most is KLEENEX. About 110 students rotate through my classroom each day, and they use more than a box a week.

clori
07-23-2011, 08:55 AM
My daughter in 2nd grade needs - homework folder, pencils, erasers, highlighter, and coloring preference of crayons, colored pencils or markers

Here is the list for my 6th grader but it includes 5th and 6th grades since they share the same core teachers and just gave out one list.

English language Arts grades 5 & 6

1 blue or black stick pen
1 red or green stick pen
1 spiral 1 subject notebook
post its
1 yellow highlighter
2 (2) pocket folders
1 hardcover marble composition notebook

Reading Grade 5

1 1 subject spiral notebook
1 black or blue stick pen
1 red or green stick pen
2 (2) pocket folders
1 marble composition book

Reading Grade 6

2 marble composition notebooks
post its
black/blue/red pens

SS/Geograph grades 5 & 6

3 inch hard binder
1 package of binder paper
hole puncher
5 tab dividers
pens 3 blue/black 3 red
pencil and sharpener
index cards
highlighters (may share for all classes)
colored pencils (may share with math)

math

2 dozen pencils
mini sharpener
expo markers
rulers with inches/centimeters and protractor
scissors
glue colored pencils
highlighters
post its
graph paper notebook

Science Grade 5

tab dividers
index cards
3 1 subject notebooks

Science Grade 6

2 marble notebooks
index cards
highlighters
post its
pens - blue, black, red

For things like tissues and clorox wipes teachers don't require but send home wish lists for parents who want to contribute

neatokimmo
07-23-2011, 09:02 AM
Has anyone seen the full size soft sided zipper notebook covers? Not the bulky trapper keeper type style but more like one that isn't much bigger than a composition notebook.

I wanted one with my DDs name on it. It is $48 at 31. Um no thank you, I will make my own.

andymattmom
07-23-2011, 09:14 AM
Thanks! It's absolutely true that we can say, "We shouldn't have to pay this or that", but when parents don't provide supplies, the teacher ends up doing it. The single thing I need most is KLEENEX. About 110 students rotate through my classroom each day, and they use more than a box a week.

I sub at the elementary where my kids used to go. I was in a first grade class doing a 'thank you' for the kids help in a fundraiser. I was talking to teacher (the team this was for had supplied napkins, cups, etc). I told her she could keep the extra stuff...she was so thankful. She said she budgeted $40 a month for 'out of pocket' supplies. That seems so unfair! It is because some people don't realize that the schools don't supply stuff or think others can do it.

Disneyliscious
07-23-2011, 03:07 PM
I wonder if they had to pay someone to do the shopping /assembling of the packages. I wouldn't do all of that for free (especially because your prices are clearly sale prices, so it'd be necessary to watch and shop multiple times at multiple places). That would legitimately add to the price.

They can order in bulk and have it shipped. I really don't think someone takes each shopping list and physically waks around a store looking for deals. And if they did, all in that list could be picked up in 30 minutes or less. Also, the prices I listed were not sale prices with the exception of the spiral notebooks, pencils, and filler paper which I had personally bought the night before. All of the other stuff was googled and I didn't choose the lowest price.

Some of the stuff on that list is simply unnecessary. Sure it may be convenient, but its not necessary to learn. I wish teachers didn't pay out of pocket for supplies. As long as they do that, the funds will never come from a state/federal level.

hereyago
07-23-2011, 03:39 PM
This is my DD12's 8th grade "basic" list, her school's open house is next month so the teachers may add some other things:

white loose leaf paper
3 ring binder(which I will wait to find out which size i inch,etc.)
pencils and erasers: i get DD both mechanical and regular pencils, does anyone know which lasts longer?
ink pens: blue, black and red
colored pencils
colored markers
reinforcements(which she has from last year because she never needed them)
4 function calculator
scientific calculator ok, I am so not into math, but wouldn't there be 4 functions on a scientific calculator as well? i mean really 2 calculators?
2 large tissue boxes
2 pocket folders with clasps doesn't say how many but DD has some extra from last year
glue sticks
ruler
pencil pouch
graph paper
write on dividers
index cards (don't know which size)
composition books black and white kind( now I know how many to get as this past year, they would need new ones every so often)
dry erase markers
no wipes, no sanitizer-but once agian the teachers may request them at open house.

mjantz
07-23-2011, 04:57 PM
I wonder if they had to pay someone to do the shopping /assembling of the packages. I wouldn't do all of that for free (especially because your prices are clearly sale prices, so it'd be necessary to watch and shop multiple times at multiple places). That would legitimately add to the price.

They buy them from a company preassembled. My school does the same thing & I had to pick from a list to put mine together. I found the stuff overpriced ($1.25 for a box of crayolas). I'm thinking this is the same deal.

poohguys
07-24-2011, 12:17 AM
I love finding the best deals on school supplies. Started today Shop Rite had single subject notebooks for .19 cents with an additional $10 purchase. Limit of 4-exactly what we needed. Already got the scientific calculator last week on sale at staples for $9. Had to buy an math work book-$9.95 at Staples. Wating for Walmart and Target to have the glue, pens, pencils, highlighters, folders and paper cheap.

Also have to buy some environmentaly friendly cleaning solution, 3 boxes fo tissues, 1 pk of handi wipes, it said hand sanitizer-not sure if they ment personal or a big bottle for the classroom.

akayek31
07-24-2011, 03:08 PM
I wish I had a list for my DD. She is going into 9th grade. I know all of her classes since we just had to register her this week after we moved. She has a couple of honors classes that she never has had before (her test scores put her there from 8th grade) so I am not sure if they want different stuff. I attend college and took her to my university bookstore to get some of the supplies on my financial aid. She picked out a 3 ring binder that was $11. I made her put it back and said we could get it at Walmart a lot cheaper. I guess I will be shopping the night school starts (Which is August 3 :scared1: )