School supplies are dirt cheap right now. Just out of curiosity, I’ve been watching since last August and crayons, glue sticks and the like never get cheaper than right now — the month before school starts. If you double up on coupons (using a store and a manufacturer’s coupon) and go when things are on sale, you can do pretty well for yourself.
Since they’re so cheap, it makes sense to stock up for the year, does it not? Here are a few reasons you might want some extra supplies (even if you don’t have a school-aged kid!):
1.) Birthday presents. OK, maybe not on their own. But kids love crayons. And kids love opening presents. It’s always fun to add a small present to the top. And last year I stocked up on crayons in the fall…after Christmas I found a bunch of giant coloring books also on sale — bam! Everything went into the present stash for kid birthday parties.
2.) Supplies for low-income kids. Many food banks and community centers do back-to-school drives to outfit kids with backpacks and school supplies. Buy a few extra glue sticks to donate.
3.) Replenish your own craft supplies.
4.) Give them to church. I volunteer in the Children’s Department at our church. If every family brought in a packet of crayons or something craft-y, we’d be set for well over a year. Also, I might cry and hug you. I do that sometimes.
5.) Pack them for Operation Christmas Child
6.) Save them to donate during Christmas toy drives.
7.) Save for road trips. And airplane trips.
8.) Buy purse crayons. You know, to entertain kids in unavoidable boring places like doctor’s offices and the DMV. Or to entertain you. I won’t judge.
9.) To replenish supplies during the year. Last year, one of the kids ran out of apricot crayons and couldn’t properly draw themselves anymore. Fortunately, we had an extra box of crayons for just such an artistic catastrophe. The teachers don’t usually run out of crayons, but when winter hits we always get pleas for more hand sanitizer and Kleenex, also on sale now.
10.) Car pencils. I keep a stash of colored pencils (crayons melt!) and paper in the car. When we go hiking or exploring somewhere local, I have the kids draw or write on the way home. It keeps them entertained and by the end of the summer we have a great scrapbook of our adventures.
What else do you stock extra school supplies for?