Back To School Supplies – Check Your Closets!
Believe it or not, you might already have plenty of school supplies lying around your house.
Closets, desk drawers, and basement bins might hold hidden treasures that can save you money.
Start by rounding up all of the office and school supplies you already own. Put them in a central location, like a plastic bin or on the dining room table, so you can make a list of what you have. Keep this list in your purse, or in the car, so you don’t forget it when you shop for school supplies.
What do your children need for the school year?
- Pens, pencils, markers, and highlighting pens
- Notebooks and loose-leaf paper
- Scratch paper
- Art supplies
- Post-it notes
In addition, go through your kids’ closets and start sorting. Clothing that the kids have outgrown, and worn clothing, should be donated or tossed. Once you complete this “supply sweep,” you’ll have a clearer picture of what you actually need to buy. Ideally, the sweep will prevent you from buying something you already have on-hand.