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A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Taking Supplies Inventory Now Will Save You Money

The average family spends more than $590 on back-to-school shopping per student! Taking a school supplies inventory now is good for your wallet and the environment.

Sort through last year’s supplies to see what is left over or items that can be reused. Don’t know where your child’s backpack is or where to find last year’s supplies? This is a perfect time to set up a shelf or container in your home for school supplies to use all year long. By starting to organize now with the left over supplies, you will set your student up for an organized year. One of the major differences between students with good grades and poor grades comes down to organization. If you set up this storage area near the place your child will do homework, you'll be modeling good organizational skills and he'll have what he needs nearby.

Even if you aren’t sure what your child may need this year you can certainly buy the basics when you see a sale. You know you'll need paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks.

An example of huge back-to-school sales can be found right now at both Office Max and Staples.
At Office Max you will find the following:
For a penny - Highlighter 2 pack (instantly, limit 3)
A nickel- 6" plastic protractor (instantly, limit 3)
A dime- metal compass (instantly, limit 3)
50 cents- Broad or fine markers, 10 pack (instantly, limit 3)

At Staples you will find the following:
For a penny, you can get an 8 pack of pencils (instantly, limit 2) and a pack of copy paper, 500 sheets (rebate, limit 2).
For a dollar, you can get staplers, white out, scissors, pens, tape, highlighters, pencil boxes, and photo print paper (rebate on this one).
Additionally, by visiting the Staples website you can print out a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $20!

Hurry, because these sales go from Sunday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 15.

This is just one example of how starting early will pay off throughout the summer. Happy shopping!



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