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Save By Buying in Bulk ~ 480 Colored Pencils Added to My Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Stockpile

Buying items in bulk and splitting them between shoeboxes is a great way to save while packing shoeboxes.  We want to include colored pencils in all of our 10 to 14 year olds Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gifts.  Crayola is our brand of choice but we have had trouble finding them at an affordable price.  Last week Clip With Purpose shared a deal on Amazon for Crayola 240 packs for $15.47 each.  I had some gift cards I had earned on Swagbucks so I knew this was a deal I could not pass up.

Save money by buying in bulk for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts

A bonus is that each included 12 pencil sharpeners.  I usually pay $1/12 of those so I figure the pencils were $14.47/240 or $.72 per 12-- a much better deal than I have gotten in years.  And of course getting them free with gift cards was perfect!  Now to get busy on sewing some pencil pouches.

Update 2017:  We have tested other brands of colored pencils. If you are interested you can see our results here:  Colored Pencil Brands Comparison Test for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing.


Denise Marie said...

I saw that but when I got over there my price was $20. I still did it & found some other deals & got free shipping. I am hoping my tennis buddy is gonna wrangle me free tennis ball containers to put them in &/or dvd cases I will alter for sketching books. I love colored pencils!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Yes, the price kept inching up. The first day it was $15.47 then it went up to $19 then up to $25 -- it was fun to watch, but only because I had been able to jump on it within 24 hours of seeing it.

Kristy said...

Fun! And pencil pouches are a lot of fun to make too! :)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Is that an offer? LOL My problem is deciding on what style to make!

Chelle said...

Love doing Pencil Pouches... will add them to my list of to-do's for my Rag Bag donations (1 skein of yarn does an Aunt Ida hat and approx 2 pencil pouches! )

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

You know they will come in handy, Chelle! I love it....1 skein -- Aunt Ida Hat & two pouches! You have it together!

Frederique said...

Great pack!
Thanks for entering my giveaway, good luck!

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