You know all those great back to school sales that places like Target, Walmart, and even Staples has right before school starts? And, how if you shop early and smart you can get your children's school supplies for almost nothing?
Yeah, well we don't get to take advantage of those savings for the most part.
Because our school teachers are extremely picky you see...
For example, Teacher X wants you to have a 2 1/2 inch binder...not 2 inch and not 3 inch. Exactly what they specify...no substitutions allowed. And, Teacher Y needs you to have a 1/2 inch binder with exactly three dividers inside filled with college ruled paper. And, Teacher Z.... well, you get the drift.
Oh, and guess what?
You don't find this out until after the school year starts...
But, it gets even better...
Most of the teachers will actually give your kids a GRADE for compliance to their specifications.
Maybe all school systems do this? I don't know but it irks me that ours does.
I have finally gotten (semi) smart and decided to take stock in what we still have leftover from previous years and what we have isn't too shabby!
I don't have to buy any highlighters, pens, or pencils. I have two full reams of loose leaf paper still in their packaging. I unearthed a tab divider kit still unopened as well. And, two black "book sox" since the old school way of using paper grocery bags doesn't cut it anymore in our school system.
Also, G1's binders from last year are in pretty stellar condition because they primarily stayed home as the teacher assigned systems didn't work for her learning style. (But still had to be purchased for the compliance grades since some of the teachers assign grades equivalent to test scores for this.) So, I have five binders of various sizes that G1 is more than willing to reuse (each has a bunch of clean notebook paper in them too!) and, if the binders don't coincide with G1's classes, then I plan on passing them on to G2 if they work within her teachers' guidelines.
In past years I would "feel bad" about reusing this kind of stuff but not anymore.
The Guppies are on board as well since I have a specific dollar amount set aside for school supplies and the beginning of back to school clothes - I plan on spending a little each month on more clothing as the cooler weather comes and the need arises. They know the less I need to spend on supplies equals the MORE I can spend on clothing and "fun" stuff.
I think slowly but surely we are all starting to "get it".