I always know that summer is coming to an end when I get the email from the school district with the dreaded school supplies lists attached. These aren’t just generic lists of suggested supplies. These are long and detailed lists with instructions such as ’12 pack colored pencils’ and ‘low odor dry erase markers’ and ‘3 pack glue sticks, white only.’
I think I’d almost rather spend 30 minutes in the dentist chair than take three kids school supplies shopping.
Somehow, the school supplies sections at most of the big box stores end up being about 5 aisles wide, and they are usually filled with a glut of impatient moms with the same infamous list and the same headache and a herd of rambunctious kids. It always ends up being a harried event with my three kids all in different corners of the colorful school supplies department, throwing things into the cart faster than I can check them off their lists.
This year, I decided to save my sanity and shop for school supplies at CVS Pharmacy. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to get our school supplies there before. I am at CVS all the time, it’s an easy in-and-out shopping trip, and they have one nice, neat aisle with all the basic school supplies and none of the extra nonsense that distracts my kids from the task at hand.
I stopped in one day last week, armed with the infamous school supplies lists and a 25% off coupon that had just come in the mail (SCORE!) I did our back to school supplies shopping in 15 minutes. Boom. Done! Just like that.
I even cheated and only brought one child along with me, my middle. My son is in high school and doesn’t really care to pick out his supplies, and my youngest was at sleepaway camp. When she got home, she found all of her school supplies neatly stacked in her room, ready to put in her backpack.
I wasn’t sure if CVS would have everything on our lists, but they did — even the scientific calculator that my daughter needs for Algebra I (HOLD ME!) And yes, they even had the white glue sticks and the low odor markers. Almost everything we bought was from their Caliber line. I compared prices, and they were always significantly cheaper than the name brand options.
Like look at these highlighters. The Caliber brand is less than half the price of the other name brand. There were many deals like this, and I took advantage of all the 2-for deals because they were too good to pass up, and it’s good to have extras on hand. Plus, with my ExtraBucks Rewards Card, I got $6 in ExtraBucks plus a slew of other coupons when I checked out.
In addition to the school supplies on their lists, I picked up some snacks from their new Gold Emblem Abound line. These products are 100% preservative-free, and they will make a great after-school snack or an addition to their lunchboxes.
Earlier this week, we split everything up, and the kids packed their backpacks. They are pretty much ready for the first day of school now. Thank you, CVS!
Have you done your School Supplies Shopping yet?
Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Back to School Healthy Essentials campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.