7. Be creative. Does the list ask for a 16-pack of crayons but the 24-pack is a great sale. Take eight crayons out to meet guidelines and still save.
8. Still struggling to make ends meet? Call or e-mail your child's teacher. Ask which supplies your child will need right away and make those your priority. Budget other items over the next several weeks.
Most of the school supply lists are generic. Wait until registration day to ask your child's teacher what they really need. ~Elementary teacher
Truly desperate? Talk with the principal about "shopping" in the lost-and-found. Our school gives last year's unclaimed goods to kids whose parents can't afford certain items.
9. Homework station: Back-to-school also means back to homework. If your house is like ours, pencils, pens, notebooks and crayons seem to fall into a black hole, never to be seen again. Keep saving all year by organizing your child's supplies at home.
I'm setting up a "homework box" full of pencils, erasers, pens, crayons, etc. this year. All in one place, STAYS in one place! This way I am not tempted to just buy more when I have plenty at home that I cannot find. ~Joee, Pregnancy.org member
As you're out gathering school supplies, please pick up a few extra and donate locally to organizations filling backpacks for kids whose parents can't. Happy journeys!
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