It’s certainly (one of) the most wonderful times of the year — for parents. There’s nothing like spying those back-to-school displays to signify that the scholarly season isn’t too far off. I don’t know of one mama who doesn’t get a giddy feeling in her gut at the thought of school starting — and a ceasefire to all those summer sibling squabbles. Those good vibes can dissipate when you start calculating how much sending the kids to school can cost you, though, and that’s why these under $5 school supplies at Walmart are essential if you don't want to break the bank.
Some parents start shopping as soon as those first pencil cases start popping up on store shelves. They treat it like a tactical mission, armed with a school supply list and an iron will to check off all items before leaving the store. And then, there are the, ahem, other moms (like myself), who leave school supply shopping until the last minute when the display is almost down and the stores have swapped it out for Halloween decorations. (That might explain why my kids have sometimes started the school year with skull pencils. Sigh.) But I’ve made a vow to be better organized this year, so I’ll probably find myself ransacking the shelves along with the rest of the parents who are eager to score school gear on sale. Thanks to Walmart for making an A+ start to the school year affordable.