Remember the smell of fresh crayons? The sharpener in the back of the box if you were lucky enough to get the 64-pack? Coloring carefully to maintain the point?
It’s back to school time again. I read somewhere that the average cost of school supplies for elementary school children is now around a hundred bucks. The amount of required stuff is staggering. I was at the office supply store the other day, and it was loaded with parents perusing multiple-page lists.
In our area, somebody typically runs a drive for used supplies that are sent to the other side of town. But I’ve seen the donation box, and it’s a sorry collection of unwanted, used-up crap. I tried to tactfully suggest that maybe new supplies could be collected instead, but I guess tact isn’t my strong point.
So every year around this time I try to pick up a few sale items and put them aside to drop off at the shelter or food pantry. I have reams and reams of notebook paper purchased for a penny each. This week Jewel-Osco has 70-page spiral notebooks on sale for a quarter. CVS has 10-packs of papermate pens for 50 cents. Office Depot has folders for 1 cent and composition notebooks, kids scissors and 24-packs of crayons for 25 cents. Target has sets of colored markers for 99 cents. Plus a tech friend threw in a bunch of thumb drives.
If you see any good sales, post them here. Remember the smell of your own new crayons.
Week of 08/22 sales: Office Max 70-page spiral notebooks for one cent; Crayola 24-pack crayons for 15 cents; 12 pack of #2 pencils 5 cents; composition notebooks 50 cents