My favorite part of back to school shopping is definitely the part where we go shopping for school supplies. There isn't a whole lot of drama or emotion when purchasing pencils and paper. However, things can get a little nuts when the kids think that they need every! single! thing! that they see.
When my boys were little (they are now 21 and 17. Wah!) I used to take them to buy supplies before school started. They would load up on paper, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, folders, colored pencils and *insert every supply you can think of here* When school started they would have everything that they needed and more!
I've changed my school supply shopping ways with my daughter. We no longer head out to buy All of The Things. Instead while we're out buying clothes, I'll let my daughter stop by the supply section to pick up pencils, pencil sharpener and a pack of crayons. That's it.
Once the teacher sends the "supply list" home (or posts it on his/her website) we head out to buy what exactly what she needs. I will let her throw in a couple of things that aren't on the list, like a pencil box because I don't want to take ALL of the fun out of it! But for the most part, we stick to the list to avoid overspending and buying things we do not need.
How do you handle shopping for school supplies? Do you wait for the teacher's list of supplies?