Frugal Friday – School Supplies

The charter school we use has an annex with many resources available to us. Paint, paper, pencils, books we can use along with our main subjects, a library and even media resources. Probably some I’ve forgotten to mention. Even with all those great resources, there are some that aren’t provided or I forget to get what I need when we are on campus for classes. Since the drive in nearly 30 minutes for us, it’s not convenient to drive out there every time I need something.

Enter ‘Dollar Stores!’ I LOVE using my local dollar stores for extra school supplies. Paper, pencils, pens, crayons, paints, construction paper, crafts supplies, you name it, they almost certainly have it. Even a selection of books on varying subjects that can be used on breaks or while traveling during the school year.

The only thing I don’t buy at dollar stores is crayons. I’m just picky. I prefer Crayola.

If you don’t already shop dollar stores, why not give it a try? You’ll be pleasantly surprised the goodies you can find.

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Thrifty Thursday – Craft Supplies

If you have children like I do, then you probably have a stash of craft supplies somewhere for those days when boredom hits, or it’s too hot/cold to play outside. But goodness, it can get expensive. Here’s a tip for you . . .

Try your local dollar stores. My local Dollar Tree has a small section with crafting goodies. While it’s not a big section it has quite a bit. Pipe cleaners, foam letters/board/sheets, googly eyes, pom poms, paint, small craft kits, etc. There are also basic art supplies on the educational isle. Give it a try, you may be pleasantly surpirsed what you can find at dollar stores.

Need some craft idea’s/activities? Check out Vicky’s boards at Pinterest or visit her website Mess for Less. She has loads of great crafts idea’s, activities for sensory play, and fun food for kids.

Have a great craft idea for my kids? Let me know, leave it in a comment below.