Disclosure: I received the products mentioned to help facilitate this post for shopping for back to school supplies from Staples, however, all opinions are my own.
This week marks our third week back to school and I have to say that so far I am breathing a sigh of relief that everything is going well. Oliver had a little bit of a hiccup as he broke down in tears every morning when I dropped him off but Friday was an amazing day and no tears! Zachary is finally in an environment that he seems to be thriving in. I can’t believe the amazing school he is attending and his teachers and support staff are really going to make a huge difference this year. Noah is also doing really well so far too and will be receiving extra help as needed too. The only one I really am not worried about at all is my oldest. She has started high school and so far everything is going great for her too.
So now that they really have an idea of what they need in the classroom, I will buy what they need instead of everything they want, must have and won’t use. Every year it’s the same thing. I spend a small fortune on getting them all of their back to school supplies only to realize that half of what I bought will never be used. So this year, I got smart and with a little help from my friends at Staples, I was able to get them everything they really needed and nothing they don’t.
I broke it down into different categories and I didn’t include Oliver because he is JK and needs a box of kleenex and some crayons he can use when he is home.
First up is the stuff I think my son, who is in grade 3 really needs for school. It’s a simple list but in grade 3 there isn’t much he needs. He needs pencils, an eraser, and some pencil crayons. Not pictured is his pencil case. There are some erasable pens too because he does like to write with them.
My son in grade 6 needs a few more things but otherwise, can also take the above items with the addition of a lock for his locker, pencil case and I also bought him a 1 1/2 inch zippered binder at the request of his teacher to help keep him organized and all of his school work in one place.
With my daughter entering high school, we needed a few more things like binders for each subject, pens, pencils, lock, pencil crayons, calculator, locker mirror (she is a girl after all), pencil case and stapler. She also added a few tech items like a wireless mouse and mouse pad for her laptop, headphones, and a really cool fast charge plug to charge two devices quickly.
Getting your kids ready for back to school doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and you can see that you don’t even have to buy all the things. Make sure you send them with some paper and pencils the first day and you will know by the end of the first week what they really need to have a great year. For all the things you really need, Staples most definitely has you covered. They really have a great selection of the things you need for back to school and I can usually get everything I am looking for with just a quick trip to Staples.
Do you buy too many things for back to school?