Ask the Readers: Have You Finished Your Back-to-School Shopping?

By Ashley Jacobs on 21 August 2012 (Updated 28 August 2012) 66 comments

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Lani C, DeAnn, and Gemma for winning this week's contest!

It's that time of the year again, back-to-school time! Chances are the student in your life has already begun to think about school and what he or she will need to be successful this year. Many people have started their back-to-school shopping while others are waiting until the last second to get their shopping taken care of!

Have you finished your back to school shopping? If you have, what was the most expensive item on your shopping list? If no, are you holding out for a last minute sale?

Tell us if you've finished your back to school shopping and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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Beth

I have finished almost all of my back to school shopping, except for jeans. I always wait until August for jeans because there are usually many B1G1 free sales.

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KSher

Yes. done.

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Christie

We really don't do back to school shopping since we're homeschoolers, but I have all their books and some new clothes for fall that fit, since they've grown over the summer, again! :) It's one more way that I LOVE homeschooling!

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Brenda Faulkner

All finished - most expensive item was clothing - yikes!

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Brenda Faulkner

I like you on Facebook!

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Patrick

We finished our back to school shopping about a month before the school year began last week. The most expensive item, or category, were the clothes my daughter needed.

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denise

There is no way to finish, everytinme you think you have everything the kid needs for school, the Teacher sends home another list with more stuff added.

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Kate

I'm starting grad school this fall, so I have a fair bit of back to school shopping to do. This weekend I finished buying books, but I still need to grab a few pens, binders, hole-punches, etc. I'm hoping to finish up this weekend!

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Lani C

I like you on FB

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lostAnnfound

Have not finished yet, but will do it tomorrow.

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Karen Howard

I have not finished School shopping yet. I will finish it the 1st week of Sept.

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Gemma

thought i was done yesterday till we got home and realized we missed a few things... sigh. now have to go back out to find the missing items. Thanks for the opportunity!!

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Kaye

I have finished shopping for everything they NEED but will probably pick up a shirt or two more just to give me a buffer with the laundry. =)

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sharon

not yet, by this weekend!

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steph

yep done!

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steph

i like on facebook!

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Happy Love

I'm not done yet.

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Jessica

Not finished school shopping quite yet..

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Lisa Under the Redwoods

I have finished buying all of the clothing items that my daughter needs except for socks and anything her teachers say she needs for school supplies. She will be shopping at home first for those. We have more mismatched sets of colored pencils and markers than I care to admit.

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Emily

Got the all-important kindergarten backpack, but there is one thing on the list left. A box of 5 oz. cups.

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Emily

I also like you on Facebook.

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Joye

Yes we have!

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If by "back to school shopping" you mean, "bought another notebook for work" then YES, I have finished my shopping.

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NJJ

Yes, thankfully I am done! Now on to the holiday season LOL! :)

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MELISSA HANSSON

I'm still picking up little things along the way, with some of the amazing doorbuster sales. I don't have any little ones in school, but I have a close friend who's a teacher and she and her students are really appreciative of my efforts.

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MELISSA HANSSON

Liked on FB. Thank you!

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susan

I haven't even started!!!! Sales, Sales and Sales!!!

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susan

I like you on Facebook!

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DeAnn

I am still working on getting all of our supplies. Should be done soon.

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Luckily I didn't have to do so much back to school shopping this year since I've already purchased everything early, with a discount or coupon!

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Guest

No, waiting till the last minute.

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Liked you on FB!

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Betty

My daughter is starting her final year of under grad, so my only shopping was books. Yes, I'm done, and I'm broke. Two of her books were almost $200 each used.

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Betty

I liked you and the post on Facebook.

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Betty

Responded on Twitter. https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/1bets1/status/238057264999694337

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Therese

Luckily, I don't really have any this year-so I'm done!

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DeeDee

My kids are grown and out of college. So no shopping this year.

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Elena

I have finished my back to school shopping.

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Elena

I like you on Facebook (Elena Istomina)

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Sara

I haven't even wanted to start yet...we're reusing some supplies from last year and I'll deal with anything else needed after the year starts.

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Lynda

thank goodness i don't have any back to school shopping to do yet

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Lynda

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Candi

My "kids" are grown ups now, but that didn't mean no back to school shopping for me. My 83-year old mom, the World's Cutest Boyfriend (mine), and I enjoyed a shopping trip for school supplies for a local school. Since we are so far removed from school days, we had a great time picking out crayons, markers, disposable mechanical pencils, colorful notebooks and folders, etc. for 2 fifth-grade boys. The WCB and I have lots of friends who are still raising school-age kids (and grandkids) so we try to help them out too. So, we hit a few clearance racks with our list of sizes and got back-to-school shirts for 1 girl and 7 boys. We had a great time picking things that "matched" their personalities. It brought back memories of the Good Old Days for me -when my "boys" were little guys. AND it lets these kids know that they are important to us, and we have hopes for their happiness and success.

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MidSouth Mouth

I haven't finished yet, because some things can wait. I am waiting for more deals to combine.

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Z. R.

My family finished back-to-school shopping, and we saved a lot of money. A local grocery store had an aisle full of low priced back-to-school supplies (up to 50% off compared to retail shopping stores). Also, we looked for polos and jeans on sale at one retail shop. If they were not on sale, we didn't buy any items. Last but definitely not least we did an in-home inventory. For example, we didn't buy packs of #2 pencils because we already had plenty in the house. We also looked at all clothes that still fit our son, and if they were in good shape and fit, then why buy more clothes?

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cwaltz

Picked up the school items I needed for the kids, so yep, I'm done.

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Rebecca B. A. R.

No, I don't have kids, so I don't have to worry about it.

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KelR1

I have no back-to-school shopping since I don't have children.

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KelR1

Like you on FB.

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Sara N

Yes, picked up supplies while on sale. Although I am waiting until Black Friday for a new laptop.

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Guest Rose B

no, we usually do our back to school shopping after the first week of school, to find better deals.

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Gayle

Made our list way in advance then hit the stores on Tax Free weekend in NC. Shoes were our most expensive purchases.

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my son is only 2 so we didnt do any back to school shopping :)

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Scoutmaster

Since we homeschool, I shop for deals year around. I buy "Back To School" specials in the fall, (The best for office suppies: paper, pens, usb etc) Holiday clearance in the winter (best for art materials, craft kits, clothes & stationary), In the spring & summer, we take road trips & stop by consignment shops & yard sales while traveling though the states. We found super deals on textbooks, art supplies, homeschool workbooks etc.. while doing this. Our kids love getting a new book or an educational science kit as a souvenir of their travels. When my homeschool closet gets too full from all my bargains, I clear it out and donate to The Boy Scouts & to the Church's Youth groups. By doing it this way, I stay basicly full of all needed materials & the money is spread out over the year, not breaking the bank at the begining of the school year.

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Shannon

Mostly done. There are a couple of supplies that are supposed to go on mega-sale next week that I'm waiting to get. We've picked up some new clothes to fill in wardrobe gaps or that were on a good clearance, plus new shoes and glasses. I try to avoid buying all new wardrobes at back-to-school because of cost. Instead we shop for whatever's needed every other month or so.

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Rusty

Haven't even started yet.

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Evert

I graduated so I didn't really have any school shopping to begin with but boy I am always tempted by those shwwwweeeet office supplies.

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Kathleen S.

I haven't even started yet! My younger son is going to be a H.S. senior this year, so there's not a lot we need besides notebooks.

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Carmen

My little one isn't in school yet so the only supplies I buy are for charity - and I'm done for the year.

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Carmen

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