6 Signs You Might Be a School Supply Hoarder

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school suppliesThere's something about school supplies that drives me wild. Ever since I was a little girl in awe of the amazing Trapper Keeper and boxes of crayons as big as my head, I've been mesmerized by them and their promise.

When I see the back-to-school sales pop up (just a few days after school ends it seems), I get all sorts of giddy ... and I start shopping. I pick up a few things here. A few things there. I figure my kids are going to need them for years to come, and they're all just so shiny, bright, and tempting. So when there's a sale on pencils, I scoop them up. Glue sticks, scissors, and rulers, oh my, and into my basket they go.

Before I know it, I have enough school supplies to provide for the entire third grade (maybe part of the fourth too), and I must face the facts -- I'm a school supply hoarder. You may be too. Here are six signs: 

1. You get extremely territorial in the back-to-school aisle.

2. You hide your "stash" from your kids so you can ration the supplies out as you see fit ... and from your husband, because he just may call you out on your addiction if he saw it all.

3. You know that if there was ever an emergency, you could burn the boxes and boxes (and boxes!) of pencils you have for firewood.

4. You have purchased multiple protractors and compasses, and your kid is only just starting preschool.

5. When your kids head off to the first day of school with their backpacks filled with school supplies, you feel a sense of panic ... and race to the store to replenish.

6. You're still buying school supplies ... and your last kid graduated from college last year.

Are you a school supply hoarder?


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Zamaria Zamaria

I only hoard pens, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, pink pearl erasers, post-it's, highlighters, notebooks....oh dear. I think I may be a school supply hoarder! Lol! Seriously though, I do tend to stock up on school supplies, simply because my kids always run out of things or end up forgetting something at school that they need for their homework. I'm not too bad. My stash fits into two small plastic shoeboxes.

intui... intuitive1

There is something about a brand, spankin' new notebook that appeals to me...and the prettier or funkier, the better. I don't even write in a journal but I feel like I need to have some on hand!

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Oh my goodness.... i LOVE school supplies. Notebooks pens pencils erasers crayons all of them lol..... i am in desperate need to hit these sales but money is super tight and its killin me.

jessi... jessicasmom1

yeah I am I get them when they are all on sale and woohoo............ stocked for the year 

Tracey Plummer

Gee, I'm sorry, but before school starts a box of crayons is fifty cents. During the school year it's $2.50. It's just good planning, because last year the teacher asked for things about once a month, and I never had to go any farther than my closet. Stock up now, or pay later. I thought everyone did it....LOL!


aneela aneela

im all about having enough supplies on hand...i dont have a closet FULL more like a small diaper box lol...but kids use a lot of pencils and erasers and markers and you get it...i try to hit up sales and clearance or even the $1 store


LOL!!! What a great post!! It was as if you were invading my mind! Yep! I'm an "office supply" whore!

Loonah Loonah

I LOVE school supplies! There is nothing like a brand new notebook, all clean and pretty. And I have a serious pen addiction...we have so many pens in our house that DH starting taking them to work to give to other people. He just has to check with me first to see which ones he's allowed to take lol.

navyw... navywife0204

Absolutely, I'm a school supply hoarder!!  Pencils, pens,(both seem to disappear in my house...) notebooks, composition books, all of it.  I was able to supply both my girls with most of their supplies from what I bought last year.  I also invest in the durable folders.  all of the folders from last year are being reused this year!

godde... goddess99

LOL totally me. I have a secret stash in the bottom of a file cabinet no one uses. LOL

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