And I mean WOW!
In a GOOD way for a change!
G2 started school this week. And, as her lists of supplies needed started coming home from each class, I was absolutely stunned!
Maybe it's a change in policy across the board...or maybe we just got lucky with the teachers G2 was assigned but...
The lists are finally super flexible!
No more of the "you MUST have a 1 1/2 inch binder plus notebook plus these specific color highlighters...etc"!
Every teacher asked that students have either a binder OR a notebook with built in pocket OR a notebook and a folder.....whatever works best for the student.
While this does translate into some awesome savings (which I will get to in a minute), it more importantly is awesome for G2! She prefers not to use a locker at school because she gets too stressed with having such a short period of time to get from class to class. So you can imagine how difficult is was last year to be juggling 5 or 6 cumbersome binders all day long! Plus it's just easier for her to stay organized with her notebooks. So its such a relief and win all around!
Now, for what I had to purchase thus far....
Thanks to my squirreling extra supplies away, there wasn't any need to buy highlighters and pens. I have quite a few brand new ones waiting in my desk drawer for when needed! I do have some dollar store pencils in a pinch as well. (Not crazy about the quality of these)
Dollar Tree: $5.32
My first stop was Dollar Tree but, sadly, they were mostly picked over. G2 prefers spiral notebooks (especially if she has to hand anything in) and all that were left were bound composition notebooks.
I did, however, get 5 packages of different colored folders. Each package contains two folders so I am stashing the extras away for when her extracurricular classes change in the second half of the year.
Target was decently picked over as well but I still was successful!
8 single subject notebooks (@27cents each!) I am guessing I will have three extra which will be pulled out when needed. I may go back for a few more this week because that price is awesome!
1 graph paper notebook (needed for Geometry)
1 three subject notebook (requested for French 3 - fine still better than the binder business!)
1 (3 pack) of medium tipped Sharpies (for school and household use actually)
1 box (12 count) Ticonderoga pencils (preferred brand)
So, for under $25 I am almost finished purchasing school supplies! I don't think that has happened in like twelve years!
Granted, having only one Guppy in school currently helps the bottom line! LOL
We have yet to get a list from her Biology teacher but I am hoping that she too will go the "whatever works for you" route. If memory serves me correctly, G1 had to have colored pencils for her Bio class so I will most likely need to grab some from DT (forgot about this when I was there). I took a peek in our desk and the ones we have are worse for wear!
Also, G2 LOST her expensive (over $100) calculator last year! I thought I would have to replace it but, her Geometry teacher told the class that, since they will only use it a few times during the entire year, they should see if they could borrow one when the time came up. (I like this teacher already! LOL) So, the teacher will give G2's class a heads up and G2 will borrow her boyfriend's calculator. I can't tell you how happy I am to not have to spend another $100 on a fancy calculator that will barely be used (and possibly lost again!).
If you had to buy school supplies this year, did you find any good deals?
Are your schools uber specific on supplies or flexible?