I can’t believe that the start of my daughter’s new school year is just a few short days away. And it seems like everywhere you look, everything is about two subjects: The Olympics and back to school. This blog is no exception Because like every other parent, I recently found myself hunting down school supply lists and scrambling to get everything on them. And because a school year is tough on a backpack, this also meant replacing my daughter’s bag from last year, which has seen better days.
- Red Case Logic laptop backpack: $39.99 in store, $30.08 online (aff)
- Plaid backpack: $8.88
I didn’t intend to spend $40 on a single backpack, but alas, that’s what happened. When I picked up the bag, it was under a sign that said $29, so I thought it was $29.99 like all the other bags around it. I didn’t find out I was wrong until I went to the cash register. Still, this sturdy backpack, which will go to my youngest stepson, is well worth the price because, let’s face it — boys are tough on…well…everything. And this bag is nothing if not sturdy. It features a padded laptop pocket along with about a million exterior and interior pockets for staying well organized. I’ll admit, though, that the selection of higher-quality girl-appropriate bags was slim. I wound up getting my daughter a cute, but standard backpack. It feels a little thin, so I’m hopeful that it will last the whole school year.
Next, I had to fill the bags with supplies.
- 6 one-subject spiral notebooks
- 6 pocket folders
- 2 packs of notebook paper
- 2 packs of 24 pencils
- 2 pencil cases
- 2 packs of colored pencils
- 2 packs of crayons
- 4 pink erasers
- 8 dry erase markers
- 2 pairs of scissors
- 2 6-packs of glue sticks
- 2 4-packs of highlighters
My final total was just under $80. For the money, I think I did pretty well! The supplies by themselves ran me less than $30, and they did a pretty great job of filling up the packs:
Obviously if you have older kids who require 3-ring binders for every class, you’ll spend more, but the prices on those were great as well. I believe I still have to get some supplies for my stepson, so I’ll probably head back to continue filling his bag. But if his list is complete, I will use the remaining $20 to purchase supplies for one of the many drives being held in my community. In fact, my own apartment complex is collecting donations of backpacks and school supplies to help children in our community.
Where are you doing your back to school shopping this year, and are you participating in any donation drives?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for sharing my experience with the back to school closet tool with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.