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Back to School Supply List – What You Really Need

Every year, my kids get a school supply list: items each teacher requires to get through the school year. Even though I have 5 children in school right now, I don’t mind the list. I understand our teachers pay lots of money out of pocket, and if I can help alleviate some of their burden, I’m happy to help. It’s the least I can do to help them, especially when they are so dedicated to helping my children.

But, every year, I find my kids need items that aren’t on that list. Those are the items I want to share with you, and help you save the most money on those items. Grab your pen and paper, and start taking notes!

Here are the things the teachers don’t tell you that your child will need:


  • New Shoes – By now, your kids have either outgrown their shoes from last year, or they have absolutely destroyed them by playing outside this summer. Grab a new pair of Converse shoes that are made to last, and keep yourself from buying a new pair of shoes every other week.
  • Lots of socks – Do your kids go through socks like my kids do? Maybe my dryer eats them, I’m not sure, but my kids go through socks like most people go through candy. It’s crazy! The beginning of the school year is a great to stock up on socks for the school year. (Just be sure to buy extras and stash them somewhere so your kids can’t get to them until you’re ready.)
  • New underwear – Just like socks and shoes, all kids need new underwear. I think this suggestion is pretty self explanatory.


  • A strong backpack that is built to last – You get what you pay for when it comes to backpacks. I can’t afford to buy a new backpack every month, so I make sure my kids each have a backpack that’s made to last. Academy is a great place to start looking for backpacks that will last.
  • School supplies for home – Most kids have homework, which means you need to have the items available for them to complete their homework properly. You will need pens, pencils, crayons, scissors, paper, and the other items that were on your child’s list. I recommend having a homework station set up in your home somewhere to make homework time easier for your child… and for you. By keeping these items in one place and organized, your child will feel more in control and will be able to finish their homework feeling more confident.

Did I miss anything that’s not on the school list? What items do you need to get your kids off to a good start each school year?