Posted by teacherjulie @ 5:19 pm

The opening of the school year is something families anticipate and prepare for every year. Families do not just save for the tuition fees but also for related stuff like uniforms, books, school supplies, and dorm fees for those who study far from home. There are as well unforeseen expenses which should also be reckoned with by the astute budgeter.

Yes, it takes the whole family to help in financial management when it comes to school-related expenses. It is practical to involve even the young ones in this understaking for them to understand why some things need to be cut back or why  certain supplies have to be reused.

The dilemma is how families can save or get their money’s worth during these times  prices of commodities are high and there is just enough leftover money after the tuition fees have been paid?

Here are a few ways families can stretch their budgets without scrimping on those that are important in the process of educating their children:

  1. Used books
  2. Bags
  3. Shoes
  4. Uniforms
  5. School Supplies

Read more here…

Today I finally took the time to sort though our school supplies plastic box to see what I can put back and what I will consider as trash.

So far we still have a lot of these things:

• Pencils and erasers
• Unopened big box of crayons
• Art/colored/construction paper
• ¼ and ½ sized lined papers
• A pack each of long & short envelopes and long & short folders
• Colored folders
• A lot of used but still ok to recycle folders and envelopes
• A few graphing or Math papers
• Long and short bond papers (we use A4 so we still need to buy these sizes)
• Folder fasteners, staple wires and a few rolls of tapes
• 1/8 illustration boards
• poster paints that dried up a little but can be remedied with some water
• Paint brushes
• 1 drawing book
• 1 ruler
• index cards
• 2 pairs of scissors but one had to go to trash because it just got broken the other day
• 2 file folders

Into the trash went dried up markers, crayons that look tired and worn, scrap papers, broken rulers/scissors, almost empty tape rolls and other stuff.

The plastic envelopes for art supplies just need to be cleaned, otherwise these are still ok to use. TIP: do not scrimp on these, buy the ones that look sturdy even if these are a bit more expensive than others.

For the coming school year, we need to take note of whatever stuff we still have to avoid overbuying. The stuff listed above pretty much sums up what children need for school, unless the teachers ask for specific things like a here folder or a notebook with pink cover. As for the “color coding” notebooks, no sweat for these, just use colored papers to wrap the cover to complete that requirement.

As I have written in another post, having your own school supplies at home, though at first seems a bit too expensive to invest in, would surely make a big difference once the school year starts. Why? You just need to get that long brown folder from your supply rather than go out of your way to buy one from the bookstore or the nearest store that probably sells it. This way, you not only saved on resources you will use for that ONE folder or envelope, you save your sanity too.

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