Stock up at Back To School Time

I used to work in a daycare, and at back to school sale time, I stocked up on items I would need for the daycare for the year (scissors, colored pencils, markers, etc.). For example, I would buy a case of Crayola 24 pack crayons and ten boxes of the 64 pack - that way, when our crayon tubs ran low, I would throw in a couple of 24 packs to keep up the most used colors and occasionally put in the 64 pack to replace the rest. It was a real budget help. Now some people would wonder why I didn't buy cheaper crayons. We did try the cheaper ones, but these tiny, waxy particles would fall off the paper when the kids were done coloring. The "crayon shrapnel"; stuck everywhere, and we had to do much more cleaning. The extra crayon expense saved us in cleaner!

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I am a college student (a mom who went back to school when her kids were older), so I am always needing to pinch pennies. When the stores have their back to school sales (and especially their clearance sales after school starts), I still stock up on thing I know I'll need. Staples has an AWESOME clearance table all year long - we have found some really good snags there!

By Marie from Idaho Falls, ID

August 29, 20080 found this helpful

The one thing I stock up most on is folders (with pockets). I am a homemaker for the elderly and I keep my time sheets for work, client care plans, rescource info for elderly, etc in these. I also have a couple home businesses I do, so I keep my info (monthly specials, sales reciepts, log in info for websites, etc..)in these. I also have loose leaf paper and printer paper in them. It really helps keep clutter under control on my desk. Love these. Got them at Walmart when they were only 5 cents.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Crayons: ONLY CRAYOLA!!! It's no use buying any other brand, they are NOT the same formula. So stock up when they are on sale.

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