Last week I got a $119 Microsoft backpack which will end up costing me only a few dollars tax. How?
It was already 50% off but Staples ran a special where all backpacks were free after rebate. The rebate didn’t even require a mail-in and I immediately submitted it online.
This time of year there are all kinds of school supplies marked down to ridiculous prices. Just in yesterday’s ads I found the following:
- 10 cent portfolios (Vons)
- 5 cent protractor (Office Depot)
- 50 cent notebooks (Target)
- $1 photo paper (Staples)
The stores want to get parents in the door where you might buy more expensive items. It gets me in the door but only to buy free and inexpensive items for four reasons.
Most of the supplies in our home office were bought for free or nearly free. There are door busters throughout the year (just peruse the office supply ads each week) but the best are in the month of August.
Stock up on the types of things you need at home including printer paper, highlighters, mechanical pencils (I use these in budgeting) and photo paper.
Our children are long grown but there are occasions where we need a kid’s gift. If you keep a stash of gifts, keep on hand supplies that would appeal to younger children with favorite characters, designs or colors.
They can also make good items for Christmas stocking or party favor bags.
My church could always use supplies for the children’s education programs. They need these virtually seven days a week as our church has a daycare in addition to providing childcare for parents who attend night meetings.
Connect with the director and find out what kind of supplies they could use. Crayons have been on sale virtually every week ranging from 20 to 99 cents.
Think about what charities might serve children and could use school supplies. Shelters that serve families would probably welcome donations to distribute.
Many of the cruises we take visit poverty-stricken areas. Other cruisers have often taken aboard school supplies to donate to local schools and orphanages during the port stop.
Do you buy at back to school sales and if yes, for any of these reasons?
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