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Back to School Countdown Day 1: Size Up Supplies

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Before you go out and buy new pens, pencils, notebooks and binder, go through last year's supplies. See what you can reuse and what you'll need to buy new. This will prevent you from buying items that you might have around the house already.  

What are you able to repurpose? What's on your list to buy new?


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by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM
I have to buy it all. Only just got custody of my 9 yr old ds last week. New house, new state, and new school for him.
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by Cheryl on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM





Back Pack

Things we had to get was a 

New Lunch Box

Dry Erase Markers


3 holed folders

Wide Ruled Paper

Black Sharpies

Small Index cards

Big Glue Stick

1 3 ringed notebook

Everything is bought school starts here soon.

by New Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM
We send money to SSs mom, she takes care of what they need. Lol.
No buying!
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by Bronze Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:14 AM

They have backpacks that they can use, but otherwise I have to buy all their supplies and use the ones I got on clearance last year after school shopping, I always pick up extra. So that saves me a little. The big thing this year is they each need a ream of copy paper

by Bronze Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

We are able to resuse the backpack and lunch box.  I've already got most of the school supplies.  We hit Staples when they have their sales.

by New Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I did a an inventory this weekend and found that I didn't have much to reuse. And while I was at Walmart buying stuff for a camping trip, I got most of the supply list stuff. We are changing to public schools from a private school this year, so I am somewhat waiting on clothes to see how the kids' style shapes up. 

by Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Scissors backpacks
Buying new all else!

Did have a box of folders and spirals from 2 years ago that I got for $.5 a piece and that stuff will last til they get out of school in 2024.
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by Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM


Bag pack (Check)

Calculator, rulers, erasers (Check)

On list:

Stationary, Couple Binders, dividers and maybe a pack of pens and pencils..

by Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

We are good on the back pack but need a new lunch box and everything else that will be on the list- crayons, glue sticks, etc.  I wish we had the list sooner- they don't give it to us until aug 31 at back to school night event...

by Member on Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Reusing backpacks. Everything else will be bought.
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