Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, Lori tacked a green neon piece of paper to the bulletin board in our laundry room.
It’s longer than Ty’s Christmas list and more detailed than my honey-do list.
I was stunned when I started reading it.
It was filled with all the school supplies we need to purchase before he starts kindergarten next month. To give you an idea of its enormity, we must buy at least one of every item at Wal-Mart.
For many of you, buying school supplies has become a habit and a routine part of your July and August. For us, it’s our first year purchasing all the supplies needed for Ty to start school.
As I see the shelves filling up with supplies at Target, CVS and other stores, Lori says we need to go ahead and get them before they’re gone or we’ll be fighting other parents over the last box of Crayola washable markers (classic colors – not the thin ones, as our supply list warns) or glue sticks or Iron Man book bag.
And what the heck is a Pink Pearl eraser?
One thought is that we can wait to compare the sales at all the different retailers to buy the most for less, or we could go ahead and get the supply list completed before we’re making a midnight run to find things not crossed off our list.
Hopefully your tips will help school supply newcomers like us and other parents who are familiar with this annual rite but are looking to save money this year.
Are you already buying school supplies?
What are some of the best ways to save on them?
Do you wait or do you get it done weeks ahead of time?
Do schools ask parents to bring too many items?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog