We are talking Back To School this week…When the tax free weekend began several years ago I thought I would take advantage of the opportunity to purchase school supplies. Instead of going on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when things were picked over I decide to take my four children Thursday night around 10 or 11:00 to Walmart! We could get first picking, gather all that we needed, even use price matching with other ads to save $ .10 on each glue bottle and get to the checkout at midnight when the tax free holiday began!!
Since I am a late night kind of girl this was a perfect idea! The kids LOVED it. This began an annual tradition and the making of many memories.
This year was the very first year that all 5 of us (my husband is not interested in my tradition!) were not able to go. One son was out of town at church camp and my oldest, who is going into high school, didn’t even have a school supply list yet and wanted to spend the night at his friend’s house. That left my two girls and I.
We ventured out with our lists in tow.
As we entered Walmart we grabbed a cart. It didn’t take long to realize that we had made a lousy choice – with every rotation of the wheel there was a loud thud!
Side note: This made me think of last week when my son had thought of inventing a cart rating system. Carts would come with some sort of dial rating system and shoppers would rate the cart 1 – 5 based on its performance. I thought that was a GREAT idea!
On we went to the school aisle. The cart started filling up even though we had the usual challenges…
- Finding the poly-folders WITH brads in the right color.
- Only finding 2 of the $ .50 composition notebooks although there were about 300 of the super cute $1.78 ones.
- Asking several workers but finally accepting the fact that there were NO pencil boxes left (how can that be?).
- And, OF COURSE, not findin ANY white erasers – magic rub or the other kind!!!
We did see the locker chandelier that my daughter’s locker partner purchased for their locker.
When we had all the supplies in the cart my girls wanted to look at the clothes. They actually found some cute things that they wanted to try on. We get to the dressing rooms to find that there were benches in front of the doors?! We were told the dressing rooms close at 10:00. WHAT? What about those irresponsible moms who bring their kids to Walmart at midnight and want to try on clothes? I asked to talk to the manager. They let us try on clothes this one time.
We finally checked out and headed home. When we got home we searched the house for a few things we thought we might have to complete our lists – composition notebooks and white erasers. We found a used white eraser down in the girl’s school playroom. I found another one in our pencil drawer!
Then, guess what!? I reached my hand on top of our three drawer pen/pencil organizer and there was…a package of MAGIC RUB ERASERS! I guess I had saved it there from last year!!!
What a wonderful way to end the night! Off to bed at 2:00 A.M. Whew!
The next morning we continued our tradition with pancakes…
What back to school traditions do you have?