School supply shopping

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  1. Aces

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    We went to Walmart for groceries and our Walmart had a section of under $2 school supplies. Can anyone say SCORE!? They had packs of pencils for $0.75/pack (10/pack), spiral notebooks for $0.50/ea, three ring binders for $1, pocket sized hand sanitizers for $0.10/ea. But it was in a really obscure place in a corner basically. Just thought I'd share.
     
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    Supplies have been on sale in my area for about 3 weeks now. I purchased already, although tax free week-end isn’t until next week.
     
  4. Been There

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    Have you guys already asked your principals to purchase these supplies for you? Including the hand sanitizer. I've seen some administrators deliver!
     
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    No, not yet. I don't know our new principal well enough to bother him with such things yet. I've still yet to decide if I like him or not.
     
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    Ha ha
     
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    I turned in a request for a class set of markers and some other supplies. Think it was around $100. I really didn’t need much this year. I will buy things on sale sometimes, but I don’t always. Nothing more aggravating than going after something to find it sold out. Might be different if I had stores nearby.

    I bought a case of baby wipes for my classroom, and DH and I bought a case of tissues at Costco. And I bought a new planner.

    I think Walmart had supplies out in early July. I go back tomorrow.
     
  8. Aces

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    Completely unrelated but what exactly does "DH" stand for? I've been meaning to ask.
     
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    DH = Dear Husband
     
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    That makes sense. I thought the husband part but then I couldn't figure out the D.
     
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    I'm sure it could stand for "dang", for some, at times, too. :p
     
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    The way I look it, most principals have the means to purchase the supplies and may even have them stashed away. It never hurts to ask. If you don't ask, someone else will and beat you to the punch! It's really not necessary to develop a relationship (i.e. like him) before asking for help. In fact, his answer to your request will help you understand what kind of person he is.
     
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    Nope. Gotta have the relationship first.
     
  14. TeacherNY

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    Isn't that was supply lists given to the students is for?
     
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    Most principals where? Not here. Our district is chronically underfunded due to very unfair state funding. Our principal makes sure to get us started with a few supplies (that she picks - generally stuff like a pad of chart paper, a pack of markers, chalk, etc) and a case of paper and other than that (and our $100 reimbursement each year for supplies) we are on our own.

    That said, I have finally gotten myself organized enough at school and with my plans and everything that I need far less stuff this year. I've ordered a few things from Amazon, will likely buy another case or two of paper once a good sale comes up.

    We do send a supply list and many of our kids do a good job preparing, but some have a hard time even though we've pared our list down to be pretty minimal and cost-conscious. I plan to stock up on spiral grid paper notebooks when I go school supply shopping for my own children. I find since they aren't at every store easy to find that it can often be easier to buy a bunch and have kids give me a couple bucks to cover the cost. The grid paper is super important for pre-algebra/ algebra so I'm a stickler about that.
     
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    My school has students of every back ground from different areas. Some students could use $100 bills as toilet paper, and others can barely afford to get to school let alone supplies and things. I always keep a stash of supplies in my prep room – all the science teachers do. I'd rather spend money out of my pocket to provide students than to wave around a school supply list like it's the Constitution.
     
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