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Old 07-09-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Best, most durable binders NEEDED!

I have two gils in middle school now The eldest has gone through at least two binders for each subject for the last two years running, and she is fairly easy on her things compared to her baby sister. We need at least a three inch wide, zipper binder for their core class binders (eldest DD probably needs a 4 in) and an astounding number of 1.5 and 2 inch loose leaf binders. Any recommendations? Is there any hope of spending less than $40 for each of the big binders? Is there any hope they might last the entire school year? Please give me hope...
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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The very best for hard wear are the solid hard opaque polyethylene binders, NOT the ones that are vinyl over cardboard. Look for at least .55 gauge poly.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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As a middle school teacher, I know what you are saying.

I would recommend (if you can afford it) go to Office Depot or Staples, or somewhere like that, and buy the good binders. They hold up so much better. Costs a little more, but, then they hold up.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Good to know that Staples has the stronger binders!, thank you and we should post here when they go on sale
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:11 PM   #5
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I recommend Staples also. They have amazing back to school sales - but you need to be there when they open on Sunday - so sign up for their email ads and make sure you check on Saturday so you are ready to shop. I work at a middle school and I'm impressed that your kids manage to keep the binders long enough for them to fall apart. You would not believe what our kids lose. Not only that, but every year when we do locker spinning at right after the end of the year - we pull enough school supplies (often new) for a small village. We hold onto these items for our kids that need things their parents just can't afford to buy.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:12 PM   #6
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Oldest DD has always been good about not losing things...we shall see with the youngest. First year of middle school for her. Thank you for the recommendations. I will checkout the hard poly binders, we were using the highest rated vinyl over cardboard ones. So maybe that will make the difference. Any ideas on the extra large zippered ones, like the old "trapper keepers" we used way back when?
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:54 PM   #7
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we purchase our "Trapper Keepers" at Office Max. For $2.00 they offer a 1 year warranty on them.

My DS15 goes through about two a school year. I would just bring it in, get a new one, and pay the $2.00 for the new insurance again.

Did it again with DD13 and will this year with a new 6th grader again.

Really worth the $2.00 insurance!
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Talk of school supplies already??!!! I guess because I work as a substitute teacher .... school supply shopping is FAR FAR OFF MY RADAR right now. I am in VACATION MODE NOW. HOWEVER...having a dd in college and a son in high school and one going into middle school...I also give the to the binders at Staples. Their binders cost more...but they LAST. Don't get me started on backpacks...... LL BEAN BABY. LL BEAN!!! Okay I am going back into VACATION MODE.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:00 PM   #9
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I have no idea where it came from- but a neighbor was clearing her office out and gave DS an aluminum binder. The whole "fold" parts are a big hinge- like a piano hinge. I have NO clue where you'd buy such a thing, but it's virtually indestructable. DS used it all year, and it's ready for next year!
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Talk of school supplies already??!!! I guess because I work as a substitute teacher .... school supply shopping is FAR FAR OFF MY RADAR right now. I am in VACATION MODE NOW. HOWEVER...having a dd in college and a son in high school and one going into middle school...I also give the to the binders at Staples. Their binders cost more...but they LAST. Don't get me started on backpacks...... LL BEAN BABY. LL BEAN!!! Okay I am going back into VACATION MODE.

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Old 07-10-2010, 02:30 AM   #11
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I got our binders at Office max last year when they had a buy 2 get one free on the good binders with the little pin and hole on the end of the rings. Then I bought a big roll of duck tape and taped those suckers up all year long which made them last a whole lot longer than they would have. I think only two out of 7 didn't make it all year long.
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Funny I was just thinking about this myself!!! Especially since we had ato buy a silly amount of binders for my 7th grader last year. I opted for the better binders and they were trashed 1/2 way into the year.

I just grabbed some of the cheaper binders at Walmart the other day (they were only .75 cheaper). Figured since they get wrecked anyway might as well save a few bucks.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:55 AM   #13
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We still have two months to go before school starts (Sept. 7th) but we've already gotten the general supply list and my middle schooler is going to need about 5 binders all different sizes (1", 1.5", 2")!

Does anyone know when the binders go on sale at Staples?
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Funny I was just thinking about this myself!!! Especially since we had ato buy a silly amount of binders for my 7th grader last year. I opted for the better binders and they were trashed 1/2 way into the year.

I just grabbed some of the cheaper binders at Walmart the other day (they were only .75 cheaper). Figured since they get wrecked anyway might as well save a few bucks.
Wow! So the better binders aren't worth getting? Might as well get them at Walmart then like you said. thanks
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:02 AM   #15
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I need a military grade binder for ds. One that has been tested as IED proof, can be run over by a tank or a school bus, has escape proof clasps for run away homework, loss proof, exploding locker safe, and sticks to the associated text book like glue. Any recommendations.
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