We are THAT Family is hosting a themed Works for Me Wednesday today, and it's all about back-to-school. I'm sharing one simple tip today:
DO NOT purchase school supplies until after you have attended Open House.
I know the back-to-school sale prices are tempting - but wait! Because... the list always changes. Around here, school supply lists are posted online. Teachers are not permitted to add anything to the school supply list, but they can choose to delete something from the list for their class - or be very specific about what type of folder/pencil/crayons they would prefer.
Last year, our teacher asked for a particular brand of crayons - no biggie, since that's what we typically use. She also deleted a couple of items - didn't care for primary pencils, and would be providing matching pencil boxes to each student. This year, our teachers don't need any hand sanitizer - they already have plenty - and took pencils boxes off of the list again. I can also imagine, in years to come, that "four three-pronged folders" will need to be specific, solid-colored folders - and I know I wouldn't choose the right ones if I was just guessing at a back-to-school sale.
If you end up with extras, you can always return them - but even better, donate them!