Friday, November 5, 2010
Saving Money in a Bind
In what could be the world's most boring post, I would LOVE to tell you how to save at least 30 bucks this year.
And if I'm stating the obvious, please bear with me. It's like when I read "Hints from Heloise" and someone sends in a brilliant hint like, "use extra plastic grocery or newspaper bags to pick up dog poop," and I'm like, "Really? Thanks for bestowing such wisdom upon me."
But I digress...
This would be a better post at Back to School time, but I obviously forgot to share it with you this year, and all bets are off for next.
Although a big part of the appeal of Back to School shopping is the smell of fresh erasers, the reams of brand new paper, etc, there is one item you MUST buy used.
Each of my kids needed 4-6 binders this year, from 1 inches to big honking 3 inches wide. The cheapest ones at Walmart were about $3.00 each, while most at Staples were in the $8.00 range. Instead of spending $60 on binders, I bought them at the thrift store for a total of $6.90. They were all in pristine condition because apparently, like hangars, binders breed. I'm thinking we'll never have a binder shortage.
Since September I've stocked up on additional binders in various sizes for next year, all at .50-.70 each.
And if you really just love to buy new things, I'm sure those teacher-provided lists will give you plenty of opportunities. Dry erase markers? Hand sanitizer? Toilet paper?
Guess how many glue sticks my friend had to buy for her second grader? 3? 5? Try 60. Sheesh!