I abhor shopping for school supplies.
In fact, if you’ve been around here long enough, you might have seen some of the Love Letters that have come from an afternoon of school supply shopping. (And really? This is probably one of the FUNNIEST things I’ve ever written. If you haven’t read it, or even if you have and want a good laugh, you should read it. Go ahead. I’ll wait.)
So this year, since the teachers were so stinkin’ specific on what the younger kids needed, and because they were unavailable, I decided to go by myself.
And I’m serious when I say that they were specific. There was nothing that they could pick out on their own.
- Six vinyl folders (with pockets and prongs) in the following colors: blue, purple, orange, yellow, green, and red.
- 3 packs of 10 #2 pencils
- 10 (or more) glue sticks
- 15 cap erasers
- 4 large glue sticks
Just an idea of some of the items that my 2nd and 5th graders needed.
That’s what they said they needed.
And guess what?
I didn’t get everything just like the list said.
Yes. I’m a rebel.
Um…how much gluing are 2nd graders doing? Let’s think about this… 25 kids (average) in the class and each of them need 10 (or more) glue sticks? That’s 250 glue sticks! They came in packs of four so I bought two.
Call me if they run out midway through the year.
And for the 5th grade? I bought three (as opposed to four) large glue sticks since they came in packs of three. Again. Call me. I’ll be glad to provide more if they need it.
She’s getting 12 cap erasers since that’s how they come. And Staples didn’t have 10 packs of pencils. But the 8 packs were on sale for a quarter. So they will be 6 pencils short when the teachers count.
And those folders. I have been to four different stores looking for those stupid folders. I got four colors at WallyWorld for 50 cents each. But there was no orange so I had to pay $1.88 for the expensive name brand ohmygoshimnotsureiwouldspendthatonafolderformyself folder and there was ONE yellow one. That looked like something attacked it.
I needed two. I have two things with two very specific requests. I checked another place on my way home. Nope.
Then, when their mom brought them home, I asked her to be on the lookout. Nope. She went to two other stores.
I went to a different store today while running errands. Nope.
My mother, who LIVES IN TENNESSEE, is now on the mission to look for these folders in her locale.
I mean really?
No offense to those of you who are out there and are teachers. I know that you have ideas and systems and processes. I get it.
I should not have to run all over God’s great green earth to find two yellow vinyl folders with prongs and pockets.
I just shouldn’t.
Especially when I know there’s a good chance each child will (a) lose it or (b) rip it.
And then there was the gal at the register at Staples… halfway through, she says, “And I’m just going to add this on. You’ll be able to save 15% on all school supplies now through September 12th.”
As she scans the barcode I ask, “Is there a cost for that?”
“Yes,” she responds, “It’s $10.”
“Then let’s not add that on until I see how much I spend and know if it’s worth it.” I was slightly angry at that. I wonder how many people she added that onto and they never knew? In the end, I opted to add it because it worked out to be free. But who does this?
By the time I got home, and told eleventy bajillion people about these stupid folders, I needed a nap.
So tell me…. what are your school supply shopping woes? Do you take your kids with you or leave them at home?
Confession: I abhor school supply shopping for children of mine who are returning to school and need all these stupid supplies. But I personally LOVE office supply shopping. Put me in the office supply section and I can stay all day. And let me buy a new pen. It will change the outlook on my whole day.
Until next time…