REPOST! Our School Supply Price Point List was featured on the front page of the Life Section of The Idaho Statesman. It was also featured last week on MSN Money! I thought it was worthy of a repost as we are only a few weeks away from school starting!!! Happy Shopping!
This is a great time to teach your child to stretch their dollar. Give them the tools and let them make the decisions!! Here is what I did and what I am now doing…
Last year I gave my kids a set dollar amount and they were to use that money to purchase all they needed for school. Supplies, backpack, clothing… all that good stuff! Here was the kicker: any money they had left over was theirs to keep! They were much more selective about the supplies they picked!! And some decided against getting a new backpack, another decided he didn’t need very many new clothes.
This summer my kids have been earning money working for their grandpa. They’ll use some of this money to purchase their own school supplies (everything!). The only thing I’m giving this year is a PRICE SHEET – so they can know what a good deal is and decide how far they will stretch their dollar.
Finding the Best Deals
On Sunday we perused the ads to find the best deals. I couldn’t remember for sure if some of the deals were the best compared to last year, so what did I do? I went to my favorite deal blog and looked at the “school supplies” category!
Looking at the old posts from last year, I was able to find the lowest price points on the items we needed. I created a spreadsheet for my kids to use as they decided what supplies to purchase.
I decided it would be pretty easy for me to share my findings!
|glue sticks (6 pack)||$1.00||Target|
|24 color pencils||$0.99||Walgreens|
|Notebook paper (wide)||$0.50||Shopko|
|1 pencil bag (3 hole)||$0.99||Walgreens|
Now, this is a list of items my kids need. I’m sure there are others that yours will need. If you want to figure out what the best price point is based on last years prices, you can go to the sidebar and under “categories”, click “School Supplies“. OR you can just click right HERE!
My excel spreadsheet (fully customizable of course) is available for download here. I have a column for each child where I can list how many of each item they need. The first row shows the total number of each item that needs to be purchased. Just fill in the form by looking at the school supply lists provided by your child school (you can usually find these online as well), then print it off and keep it, along with the ads, in the car with you. That way you’ll have it with you when you’re out running errands!
Have you found any great deals on school supplies this week? Leave it in the comments!