Earlier this week I posted my shopping plan, but I ended up abandoning it for the most part. I realized that I had been shopping sales, and not really thinking about what Hopelink said they needed most. So, I looked back at their most needed items (here), and then did an inventory of what I had purchased thus far. So glad I did. Ends up I had plenty of many of the items on sale this week, and hardly any of a couple of things on Hopelinks most wanted list- specifically, binders, markers, colored pencils, and rulers. So, I redid my shopping list and ended up with the following items for the week.
Target (Round 1):
I ended up going to Target twice this week. Once because I needed a few things for the house, and swung by the school supply section (like I could resist!) However, since I didn't have my list with me, I just got things that I knew I wanted to purchase.
- 2 Mead 5-Star spiral notebooks for $1 (I had a $1.00 off of 2 coupon)
- 1 Kid scissors 2-pack for $0.90
- 2 Up & Up eraser 2-packs for $0.20 each
- 4 RoseArt thin marker 10-packs for $0.50 each
- 1 Up & Up wood pencil 24-pack for $0.90
- 2 Bic Shimmers mechanical pencil 8-packs for $0.90 (I had $1 off of these, too)
- 2 wood rulers for $0.50 each
- 2 Up & Up pencil sharpeners for $0.20 each
- 5 RoseArt school glues for $0.20 each
- 6 filler paper 150-sheet packs for $0.48 each
- 12 2-pocket folders for $0.08 each
- 10 sprial notebooks for $0.10 each
- 1 Zebra ballpoint pen 7-pack FREE (after Easy Rebate
- 10 2-pocket folders for $0.01 each
- 2 cap eraser 12-packs for $0.10 each
- 2 Sharpie 2-packs for $0.25 each
- 2 reams of Hammermill copy paper for $0.50 each (after Easy Rebate)
- 3 filler paper 280-sheet packs for $0.99 each
At this point, I had spent about half of my weekly budget, leaving me with about $14 left to spend for the whole challenge. I decided to prioritize my spending so that I would be able to provide enough complete supply kits for 2 students, enough supplies (minus backpacks and binders) for 8 more kids, and then the other assorted supplies would be bonus. Does that make any sense? So that meant I still needed to purchase 2 binders, 5 packs of colored pencils, 6 packs of markers, and 7 rulers. Considering the price of binders, I knew it would be tough to get that all for $14, but I was determined to try. Here's how I did:
I stopped at Goodwill on the way (I've been looking for an entry storage solution and found one there for a great price. More on that later...) and actually found a 2-inch binder in excellent shape for $0.99. Score!
- 1 Avery 2-inch binder for $4.29
- 7 rulers for $0.50 each
- 5 RoseArt colored pencil packs for $0.50 each
- 6 RoseArt thin marker 10-packs for $0.50 each
- 1 pencil sharpener for $0.20
So there you go, shopping done, and challenge done! Now I just need to gather it all up, take some pics and share with you what I got. Look for that later today.