With the exception of those attending year-round programs, most kids are spending July and August making lanyards, playing ball, letting Popsicles drip on the kitchen floor and probably watching too many “Phineas & Ferb” cartoons. The last thing on their minds is heading back to the classroom.
Retailers, however, are rolling out some eye-popping sales now on school supplies in an effort to pull shoppers into their air-conditioned stores. Last week, we snapped up 8 pencils for a penny at Staples and then hit Target for 25-cent spiral notebooks. We avoided the heavy back-to-school crowds, and the selection was abundant. And we spent just $13 on nearly all the items my son will need this fall.
Whether you’re a parent of school-age kids, a business owner or someone who’s looking for a bargain, summer is the best time to stock up on school supplies. Check the Sunday circulars of stores like Walgreens, CVS, Staples, Office Depot, Target, Kmart and Walmart for rock-bottom deals on glue sticks, rulers, notebooks and pens.
If you haven’t seen your kids’ backpacks since school ended way back in June, now is a great time to empty them out and toss the crayon nubs and tattered folders. Supplies that are still useful can be stored in the backpacks for now. (If the bags are dirty, you can wash them on “delicate” and then line-dry them.)
If you don’t need any supplies but can’t resist the magnetic pull of a bargain, spend a few dollars on a bag full of back-to-school items and drop them off at a charity that works with low-income kids. Your favorite school, church or synagogue or non-profit would also appreciate your gift.