I know I’m not alone. I don’t know when it started, but man- 25 years ago getting together back to school supplies was never this ridiculous. We have 4 kids- I get that the insanity is often magnified due to the sheer number of monkeys that must be managed, but the logic of sending 24+ parents on individual supply missions is an exercise in excess & waste.
The pitfalls of individual purchasing:
- Purchasing items individually means a TON more packaging is tossed in a landfill.
- Unlike my child’s school, I am not tax exempt.
- Getting “the best deal” on items requires preternatural flier hunting/coupon cutting.
- Imagine the gas that is being wasted when 20+ parents go shopping at multiple locations.
- OH MY GOODNESS THE TIME I HAVE SPENT SOOOOORRRTING and gathering… (x20)
- Further support of big box stores to get “the best deal” little guys just don’t typically have that purchase power.
- Bobby gets to pick out a fancy folder (?)
- Coupon gods & goddesses can find their supplies for pennies
- Local businesses can profit from purchases (if you have one nearby)
- Doesn’t come out of classroom budget
- $40 for 60 glue sticks works out to be 67c/gluestick.
- 20 individual car trips to various stores (assuming at least 1 school supply trip)
- 20 plastic “blister” shells and 20 full color printed cardboard sheets tossed/recycled (hopefully- but still lots of energy in creation/recycling)
- $18 for 60 glue sticks (now down to 30c/gluestick)
- 1 car trip by ONE dedicated shopper or single delivery by PO/UPS
- 2 thin cardboard packages (in this case, again full color printing) easily recyclable.