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The master list for school supply shopping
Yes. I said it.
School supply shopping this year was like taking a trip to Hell – aka Target for me. (Nothing against Target, it would have been horrible anywhere.)
All 4 of my kids are going to school this year. Jordan is going into 9th grade. Katiana is going into 5th grade. Alyce is going into 2nd grade. My baby, Christiano, is heading off to kindergarten.
Three of the four will be at new schools for them this year because Jordan is moving up from the middle school to the 9th grade building, Kat is moving over to the 5th grade building, and Christiano will be at our elementary with Alyce.
More or less I am a bit traumatized this year just from all of that. I’m not ready for my first baby to be in high school and for my last baby to be in school period.
Every year when I go school shopping I do it old school. I get out a pen and a paper, I write down what each kid needs on one piece of paper, then I total all of them items up and put them on a master list which tells me exactly how many glue sticks I actually need. As I grab each item, I cross it off the master list. When we get home we separate everything into piles of what it is, then go through the individual lists and put them in book bags.
First stop, Hy-Vee. Katiana had seen backpacks there that she thought the three littles would love and they just happened to be on sale + if I used my gas card, I got 25 cents of a gallon just for purchasing the backpacks. Win. No stress. They each found one they liked (and the girls found lunch boxes, Nano’s backpack came with a lunch box). I had to get Jordan’s backpack at Target because he needs something a bit more heavy duty than Hy-Vee had, between the high school work load and carrying it on his back while he rides his moped, I want to know it is going to stand up tough. (I ended up getting him a Swiss Army backpack.)
Then off to Target. Why do I shop at Target for back to school? Because every time I have tried to shop at Walmart, they are missing half the stuff I need and I spend about 50% more for some reason, plus I have my Target red card debit card thing which saves another 5% off.
Got there. Went back to the back to school section and just about died. It was so packed. Everything was shoved together, barely any room, and my two youngest had to have one of those ginormous carts that they can both sit in the front of.
I was sweating profusely before we even hit the folders.
By the time I had loaded up on the basics: glue sticks, pencils, folders, pens, scissors, (seriously, why can the school not supply dry erase markers? My parents didn’t supply the poor teachers’ chalk) and all the rest of that jazz and turned the aisle to find the binders, I was in the middle of a full fledged panic attack. So frustrating. I haven’t had any anxiety for months (thank you Lexapro and EMDR therapy) and there I had a melt down back to school shopping in the middle of the aisle with the binders at Target. Shaking, dizzy, feeling like I was going to vomit, problems breathing, and people in red shirts with big huge smiles constantly coming up to me saying can I help you find anything? Nope. Just need room to breathe. Please back the freak up.
Somehow I made it out of there $220 more broke but alive still.
We got in the car and Kat said, “next time we go shopping, we need to take another adult for when mom has a panic attack.”
I laughed but I felt so small. I hate that my kids know exactly that moment when things start to go bad.
My hair was completely soaked from the massive amount of heat that had gone through me when I was in fight or flight mode.
Then they reminded me that I promised them I would take them to Claire’s at the mall.
I don’t break my promises.
I did it.
Somehow Claire’s, that itty bitty store filled with people, was less anxiety inducing then the back to school aisle at Target.
Kat used her birthday money to get some stuff she has been wanting. Alyce bought herself a new diary. I bought Nano Olaf (from Frozen) just for being so freaking good at Target when I was melting down. I also got Kat the pair of mustache suspenders she wanted for the first day of school and each of the girls a few pairs of earrings.
Last night I braved Famous Footwear for their school shoes. That wasn’t bad. I was kind of proud of myself and all of them. With the membership rewards and BOGO 1/2 off, I paid $165 for 6 pairs of shoes, then I had a $60 AMEX gift card, so I actually paid $105 for 2 pairs of Sketchers (Nano and Alyce), a pair of blowfish or something like that dress shoes for Alyce, a pair of DCs (Nano), a pair of Osiris tye die tennies for Kat, and a pair of Sperry’s for Kat. I was impressed.
Yes, I have 4 kids.
Jordan is at his dad’s and he isn’t coming home until Wednesday.
I will brave Famous Footwear with him on Pato’s next day off so I don’t have to take anyone else.
All I have left is school clothes shopping and Pato always goes with me for that. We split up, the boys going with him, the girls and I heading to Justice.
Wish me luck.
Maybe by next year at this time I can shop for school supplies without freaking out the employees at Target.
Have a great day!