How to Pack a Shoebox on a Budget 8: School Supplies

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child and last year managed to pack 45 good quality boxes for just $45 because I didn’t just start in November right before packing week. If that’s you and you don’t have totes full of goodies you’ve saved throughout the year, don’t panic! This is a whole series of posts on Budget Tips for Operation Christmas Child. Over the next couple of days I’ll be sharing my tips on how to pack a shoebox on a budget.

Today is about ‘Free or Cheap School Supplies’

During August and September many stores will vie for your business by offering crazy low prices on items like pens and pencils. That’s when I go out and buy all the items I need for the shoeboxes. I grab 10 cent glue sticks, 5 cent packs of pencils and other great deals.

Besides the cheap items, I’ve ended up with lots for FREE after mail in rebates or loyalty programs at Office Depot, Office Max and Staples. Post-labor day is also an excellent time when most stores clearance their school supplies.

Some I donate to local school supply drives and some I give to Samaritan’s Purse. Here’s more details on this.

Although we’re now past that date, get ready for next year and get ready to collect for Operation Christmas Child.

Tips on Places to donate school supplies to here.

Did you check out the rest of the series?
Tip 1: Holiday Clearance
Tip 2: Free Items
Tip 3: Holiday Candy
Tip 4: Regifting
Tip 5: Thrift Stores

Tip 6: Shipping Costs
Tip 7: Hunt Around The House
Tip 9: Hotel Items
Tip 10: The Dollar Store

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If you live in the Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area please consider joining us on 11/11/10 for a packing party, details here.

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