Back to school time is a natural time to stock up on office and school supplies. Back-to-school supplies are on sale—many at ridiculously low prices designed to entice you to shop at their store. So it’s time to take advantage of these sales.
Don’t just buy enough to get your child into school. You should buy enough paper, pens and pencils to see you through a year, until the back-to-school sales of the next year. Buyextra tape for Christmas and birthday gifts throughout the rest of the year. Buy extra pens and markers for personal use and also for gifts.
But don’t stop there. Take inventory of the paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and cups you have in storage. Paper plates, cups and napkins typically go on sale every holiday weekend during the summer: July 4th, Memorial Day and Labor Day. That means there’s one more chance to buy these on sale before the summer is over. We don’t use much in our house in the way of paper or disposable dishware. But when it’s needed, it’s nice to know that we’ve got it on hand and that we bought it at the lowest price possible.
Paper towels and toilet paper tend to go on sale once every 4—6 weeks, so it’s sure to be on sale at least once this month. When it goes on sale, buy as much as you can afford, hopefully enough to last at least three months, but at least until the next sale six weeks from now. You really can’t have too much TP. It’s the one thing no one wants to run out of. And since it’s lightweight and has no expiration date, it’s a good choice for stocking up.
Be sure that when you store paper products, it’s protected from moisture and pest damage. Mice and insects can make quick hash of improperly stored paper products. If mice are a low risk, you can just store paper products in heavy-duty plastic garbage bags. If mice are a big problem, store toilet paper and paper towels in large plastic bins with a tight fitting snap-on lid.
Don’t let this month go by without taking advantage of all the sales and ensuring your storage shelves are filled with the school, office and paper products your family will need for the coming year.