BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A school supply list can look simple enough, a box of pencils here, a pack of paper there. But added all together it can be a set back for most any parent.
Most recent data from the Partnership for Public Good, a think tank dedicated to addressing the community's greatest challenges, shows 30 point 5 percent of families live in poverty.
We were recently contacted by a Buffalo Public School parent who expressed concern over her child's school supply list.
So we put it to the test:
- 4 three-ring binders
- 4 packets of dividers
- 2 sets of colored pencils
- 4 highlighters
- 8 pack of loose-leaf paper
- 1 scientific calculator
- 1 spiral notebook
- 1 box of pencils
- 1 box of pens
All together, we spent almost $78.
That's not including $18 dollars of other items students are required to buy through the school store. And that's only for one child.
But there are ways to save.
Experts say take stock, before you leave home, figure out what you already have, and what you need.
Other ways include signing up for rewards programs, and do most of your shopping at one store to maximize your rewards.
For instance, Staples offers five percent back on all purchases.
Before you go shopping you should clip coupons and compare prices.
Another tip is to wait until the September clearance sales. Keep your list handy and grab any items you still need.
Finally there are a handful of community events provides free supplies.
BPS Bridge 2 Buffalo Pre-K through Grade 8 New Parent and Student Orientation
- Saturday, August 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Performing Arts, 450 Masten Avenue
Garvey Community Day
- Saturday, August 17th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.: 238 Carlton Avenue
- Thursday, August 22nd, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.: 333 Amherst Street
- Friday, August 30th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Buffalo Convention Center, 153 Franklin Street