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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shopping for Back to School Supplies

Guest post of the week by Bradley Guthrie

It's back to school time again and that means shopping for school supplies. It is never a fun or easy job but it is a necessary one so, I set the Home security alarm, and away I go. It seems that these days every class has a list of the needed items and they want just exactly what is on that list. This year I had to come up with the normal basics, such as notebooks, paper, pens, and pencils, plus a few other items that were not so easy to get. The list contained a particular type of map pencil that was hard to find. Most places had already sold out of them but I finally found a place with two boxes left. Of course, the children always want something different that what is on the list and, I have learned my lesson: I do not take my children along when I buy their supplies unless it is absolutely necessary.

My town is fairly small so we do not have very many options as to where to shop. We do have a Walmart and I have found that it is usually the easiest place to buy all of the things on the list if they have not sold out of an item.

Grocery stores also generally have the lists posted for each grade level and will sometimes even package up those particular items to sell at a discount.