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Parents Talk: Shopping for School Supplies

It's August, otherwise known as Back-to-School readiness month, Patch wants to know how your family does the school supply shopping thing?

School supplies have been on the shelves for nearly a month already, some say certain supplies are already picked over. Now that August is here, the real surge in shopping for supplies is expected to hit and for some of us parents, it's not our most favorite time.

I took mine to Target last week and am happy to report that while I was able to keep my cool another nearby mom wasn't.

She gave up the battle, threw the supplies they had already chosen into a bin and left. Empty handed.

I can't say I blame her. With kids in three different schools and four different class lists, it's easy to get overwhelmed and simply annoyed with the shopping process.

While our eighth grader's list was super specific with certain colored notebooks and folders, our first grader's list left all the options open.

It's easy to say "no characters" and "simple, plain folders and notebooks only" until you're standing in the school supply aisle with a six year old who just has to have that Star Wars folder.

While speaking with a local dad, he said in their house they choose a theme, either all Batman or all Star Wars and such to save on the discussion but the money adds up.

Still yet another local mom said they do only solid colored "plain" folders and notebooks to save a little money where she can.

How does your family school supply shop? Do mom and dad make all the decisions or do the kids get to choose?

Wendy Erlien August 02, 2012 at 10:45 PM
We used to have the options as well when my kids were in elementary. I always felt like I could get a better bargain getting the items on our own -- but, then again, I probably would have saved myself a lot of aggravation in supply searching!
jen August 03, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I reuse many if the items from the last year. Most if the time at the end of the year they come home with markers, red pens, pencils, glue, scissors, ruler, etc. Then we just need to get a few items like folders, Kleenex, etc.
Jennifer August 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The Dollar Tree off of Cedar Ave on 153rd Street almost always has good quality spiral bound notebooks. I buy envelopes there as well. They have a good selection of school supplies.
Jennifer August 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Sorry, I meant to say that Dollar Tree store is in Apple Valley.
rob_h78 August 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I just order through the PTO. Given the time and hassle of trying to find everything on the list - it just wasn't worth me trying to track it all down.

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