|Her first shopping run....she just had to run back to Sandy's |
last night and grab 99 cent stuffed animals and a few other goodies.
(I think that is the biggest bag I have ever seen from a store.)
Now in our family, we shop all year for shoe boxes hitting sales and clearances. We also tend to fill our boxes with MANY items, we always seem to find one more thing to go in. Just going out shopping for 100 shoe boxes on a limited budget on the spur of the moment is new to us. So the first thing we did was go to the experts.
I posted on Simply Shoe Boxes Facebook page as well as Clip With Purpose's asking if anyone was familiar with great deals at the few stores we have available. We got a great response and wonderful answers. Elizabeth made a list of all the stores and items and prices mentioned, made a list of the must have items for her boxes (see below) and set off on reconnaissance: Dollar General, Family Dollar, Fred's, Big Lots, Dollar Tree, Mighty Dollar and a locally owned closeout store. She saved Walmart and Kmart to start at when she goes shopping since she will have the prices from everywhere else and they are right beside each other.
Unfortunately, our local stores did not have many of the items others listed (if there was more time she could have ordered a lot from Dollar Tree, but they ship in 7 to 10 BUSINESS days, and that left no days for the actually shipping part to get here in time). So she made notes in each store of what she did find and the prices. She arrived home just after lunchtime and chowed down on the pasta dish I had made for her (I thought the warm carbs would energize her). Then she covered the kitchen table with notes and lists for each store. Grabbed the calculator and began figuring. With her budget of $500 she thinks she will be able to pack between 100 and 125 boxes if limiting herself to the following items (and if she can find enough stock of the each item at the cheapest stores).
Hygeine (all of these in each)
School Supplies (all of these in each)
- pencils (not in 2 to 4 year old)
- sharpener (not in 2 to 4 year old)
- eraser (not in 2 to 4 year old)
- plain paper
- lined paper
Toys (all of these in each)
- stuffed animal
- misc. toy
Clothing (only one of these in each box)
- dress (made by guess who??)
- flip flops
Bonus Item (only one of these in each)
- hair bows
- jingle bell necklace
I will be writing a post each day or so with a step by step progress letting you know how she is doing. Follow along with our family as I share our journey of The Spur of The Moment OCC Packing Party of 2013.