Some call me frugal. Others would call me cheap. I prefer the term, practical and thrifty. Take for example buying school supplies. I can’t conceive of buying all brand new school supplies when my cabinets could double as my own Staples stores. Every time you go to buy supplies, they come in packages. If your child needs only one or two of a certain item, what do you do with the rest? You store it somewhere.
How many of you have on your child’s list, a 200 page composition or spiral notebook? Think back to the end of the year. Did your child remotely finish that book or notebook? From my experience, perhaps my kids have finished 1/2 or a 1/3rd of the book. Generally, they are always in good shape with a little bent corner here and there.
So here are some of the ways I “shop” in my drawers:
- Re-purpose Half Used Composition/Spirals: I rip out the used pages, and recycle the pages. I then clean up the raw edges, and wa la, someone in the family can reuse the notebook for another year. I just put a new sticker on the front if it is someone else’s binder. My kids don’t care.
- Create new crayon boxes from assorted lonesome crayons. Who need to buy new crayons or colored pencils? I bet if you were to gather all the colored pencils and crayons you have, you would realize you have a pack or two of each!
- Combine Glues. How many half empty bottle of glues do you have? Combine them into one.
- Pens and Pencils. This should be a no brainer. I must have drawers and drawers of pencils and pens. Unless, the list dictates a specific type of pen or pencil, the kiddos get what is in the drawers.
- Reusing dividers and folders. I must confess. I do buy plastic folders and dividers. They hold up year after year so I am not buying more school supplies.
- Reusing old binders: If the binder is in good shape, I reuse it. Ordinarily, I buy cardboard notebooks that I recycle at the end of each year.
So, how have you been able to be thrifty in buying school supplies?
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This post is part of the Green Moms’ back to school carnival held at Mindful Momma. Check out the other Green Mamas’ going back to school green tips.
- Back to School Brings Up Issues of Needed Conservation
- School Supplies are Environmentally Frustrating
- My Crayon Recycling Program: Symptomatic of a Bigger Problem?
- Make Back to School Shopping PVC free
- Recycle Your Crayons Or Make Your Own Crayon Art