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  1. Niki
    July 31, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

    Great tips! my guys are not heading to school for a couple of years but I will keep these in mind. It is amazing how many parents get wrapped up in this and overspend….kind of like Christmas.


  2. Melanie @ Notebook Learning
    July 31, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

    You know what my husband used to do with spiral notebooks? Carefully unwind the spiral out of the holes (intact), add in paper from other half-used notebooks, line it all back up, then wind the spiral back into place through the holes!

    We’re lucky enough to homeschool, but any tips for folks who have to buy clear or mesh backpacks for school? I bet those don’t last as long as good regular ones.


  3. Audra Krell
    July 31, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

    The very first place we take our supply lists is to the “homework drawer.” At first the kids were bummed, but I won’t collect drawers of crayons, pens and rulers! We check off everything we have and then, we go to the stores. This is a great post!


  4. BarbaraLee
    July 31, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    With h/s we don’t buy things every year either. I have to buy 1 math program & some notebooks. DS2 requests some Mad Libs.
    I really think it is crazy to buy these expensive calutors.


  5. Kelly
    July 31, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

    JanSport backpacks have a lifetime warranty . You can buy them online from E-bags and you can probably find one at a resale shop for a good price. They are very well constructed and we have used them for years and years .


  6. Home Ever After
    July 31, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

    @ Niki: It’s funny that you say that, because it reminds of the Christmas buying hype also.

    @Melanie: My husband cracked up about your notebook story! For mesh/clear backbacks, I recommend scouting out the mesh beach bags at stores during summertime. The mesh used in those bags is usually more sturdy than clear plastic. Just make sure to check with your local school district that the colored mesh material will still be acceptable.

    Homemaker Barbi


  7. Home Ever After
    July 31, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    @ Audra: Thank you! I love the idea of your homework drawer. It’s great to get the kids used to the idea of reusing so early on.

    @BarbaraLee: The graphing calculators are quite expensive. eBay is a great place to pick them up used for a more acceptable price. (Madlibs are great – we love them at our house!)

    @Kelly: Thanks for the wonderful tip about JanSport backpacks. I’ll be sure to pass that on in the future.

    Homemaker Barbi


  8. Angela
    July 31, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

    Oh so true….. so very true! Thanks for a new perspective on school supplies. :)


  9. april
    August 1, 2008 @ 8:44 am

    I saaved so much making the kids reuse a lot of what was leftover from last year…I was only out $10 for 2 kids(one in 4th grade, 1 in 6th) with almost $4 of that was a pack of dry erase markers.

    I don’t think we have bought a backpack in 3 years!


  10. Kris
    August 1, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    My own children have been receptive to my frugality in not buying things we don’t need. Most elementary kids really get into the reuse and recycle ideas to help the planet! By the time they are teenagers, they have more peer pressure to BUY STUFF. But not always…I never have difficulty getting rid of gently used notebooks and binders that students have left behind!


  11. The Chatty Housewife
    August 1, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

    Would you really rub a dirty eraser on the carpet to get it clean? Isn’t that just transferring the dirt to your carpet? I would suggest just using the eraser as it is, or rubbing it on a piece of paper.


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