4 months ago I received a school supply list while attending Kindergarten registration and orientation. We were given a choice to order the boxed school supplies at a rate of $38 per child or buy our own supplies.
With 2 kids entering Kindergarten and me being one of the cheapest people on earth, I stubbornly decide I will beat the system. I was also rebelling against the PTO president (and when did it stop being the PTA, btw!) who said some moms decide to "go out on their own" for Kindergarten and by first grade they are purchasing the PTO boxed supplies.
To prove her wrong, I plan to buy my supplies all through elementary. That's how stubborn I am but cheap too. I'll have to count it all up but I have paid less that $15 per child on these supplies that would have cost $38. Now granted, it's not like my savings is enough to put them through college or anything but it's fun. Buying the boxed supplies takes some fun out of getting ready for school.
I'll tell a tale of my crayon chase another day.