Buying School Supplies: A Feat to do!
About The Author
Robbin Miller is a former little league baseball player after it became legal in 1974. She played from 1975-1977 after enduring boos and negative comments such as "Go home to play with dolls," on the field. Robbin is a mother of a 8 year old boy playing little league baseball this summer. Robbin is an author of "Playgroup Time," and "Three Best Friends," picture books promoting inclusion and diversity for all children with abilities.
Summer is half way over in 2017. Six weeks have flown by and now the countdown begins as school starts for many children in less than thirty days.
Before I ramble on about today’s topic, how many fellow parents are documenting the number of minutes their child(ren) are reading during the week on their school recording sheets? How many of you are making sure your child(ren) are writing their book reports and/or completing their math problems before school begins?
My son is happily reading every day and doing his required math problems. However, motivating him to write his second book report can be a curse as many kids like him don’t want to write anything during their summer vacation. As he says, “I am on vacation! Why do I need to write? It is not fair!” I am sure many of you have heard these exact or similar words from your children this summer. To make a long story short, my spouse and I are coaching our son to make the time to write a “sloppy copy” as my son puts it, on Monday. Then at the end of the week, he will write it neatly on paper for his teacher to read when he goes back to school in the fall. If my son completes his reading logs and does his three book reports, he will get a pizza party at the school’s fun fair with his previous teacher in November.
Enough already! Now, let’s focus on buying school supplies. Before, I learned about my son’s school fundraiser to purchase school supplies from an online company, I dreaded going to stores to buy them. I brought the lists with me so I can remember what specific items my son needed for his classes as we fought our way through the crowds to look for each item. Unfortunately, many of the required items were mixed up with other supplies that we needed to sort through patiently. I remembered the sweat pouring down my face as I searched through each box to find the right items for my son. Furthermore, I found it frustrating to buy certain items as I did not even know what they looked like as the labels were not on many of the boxes. Guessing which item such as the correct binder size to buy always added to the fun as well. I was shocked how much it cost to buy school supplies in the modern era.
In my day, it cost less than $ 25.00 for school supplies. Now, the costs are over $ 50.00 to buy not including the backpack and lunch bag as well. Back in the day during the 1970’s, I remembered buying the basic school supplies of pencils, notebooks, erasers, scissors and the like, but not having to buy folders and binders for elementary school. The knap sacks (now backpacks) and metal lunch boxes were part of the $ 25.00 we spent every year in elementary school.
What are some ways to save?
If you school offers a fundraiser program to buy school supplies online, it may be cheaper to do so. Depending on the program your Parent-Teacher Organization(PTO) works with, parents can save up to 30% off the retail prices they will pay in stores. The PTO can also make a profit from the sales from each school supply order. Please note the purpose is for the PTO to raise monies for programs and activities for their school. Furthermore, parents also save in buying school supplies at lower costs as well. Some of the online school supply companies are www.schoolbox.com and www.educationalproducts.com. You can also check with your local stores such as Staples to see what programs they can offer for your school as well.
Read through the different flyers that you receive in the mail and compare the prices from a few stores. I used to mark with a pen what supplies were cheaper in certain stores where I would buy them separately one trip at a time.
If for some reason, your family is not able to afford school supplies, please contact your local school administrator for assistance. It is understandable that not every family is able to buy school supplies either at discounted rates online or on sale in stores in their communities.