It’s been reported by the American Retail Association that the average family spends $688.00/child on back to school supplies and clothing. I don’t know about your family budget but that amount seems a little excessive to me. So when I received the opportunity to see how much I could buy with just $25.00 I happily accepted it. Not only would this test my shopping skills but, my purchases are to be used to help other families, schools and teachers in my district.
So, I grabbed my coupons and my sales ads and began my search. After about 30 minutes circling the items I wanted from the Sunday newspaper it was shopping I must go!
Here is what I was able to do with a $25.00 donation from Gutzy Gear, a generous contribution by Anne’s Thirty One and some really great friends that decided that this sounded like a really important effort to help kids and families in our area.
- Pencil Box*
- 19 pocket folders with brads (10*)
- 6 spiral bound notebooks (5*)
- 3 packages of filler college ruled paper (1*)
- 20 pens (10*)
- 9 highlighters (1*)
- 40 pencils (20*)
- 2 protractors (1*)
- 3 composition books*
- 4 packs of watercolor markers (2*)
- 2 packs of 24 count crayons (1*)
- 30 mechanical pencils (20*)
- 5 erasers*
- pencil/pen bag
- Thirty One backpack
- iCarly backpack *
- 1 box colored pencils
- 2 dry erase markers
- 4 glues sticks*
* indicates purchased using $25.00 sponsored by Gutzy Gear
Where did I do my shopping? Office Max, Office Depot, Walgreens and Target are tops for back to school supplies in my experience. Funny enough I had written Target off but after getting into the store to use my gift card for a birthday gift I found that there were a number of really great prices on back to school supplies – none of which where in their Sunday ad!
Our donations went to benefit the Katy ISD Operation Backpack drive.