Making Back to School Easy and Paying It Forward

It’s August which officially means that it is ‪‎Back to School shopping‬ time! We don’t go back to school until after Labor Day, but I like to start my shopping early so that I can take advantage of all the sales. I love shopping for new clothes, back packs and school supplies! But I also know that everyone is not fortunate enough to go back to school with new school supplies at the start of a school new year. So I decided to make going back to school easier for one local family.

Making Back to School Easy

This year along with a group of bloggers, I am making back to school easy by giving school supplies to families that need them. Like last year, I was given $25 to purchase school supplies. I chose a mother of a sixth grader who had recently mentioned how ridiculous some of the items on her son’s mandatory school supply list were. I saw the list and agreed.

The list included pens, notebooks, notebook paper, a dictionary, hand sanitizer, tissues, a thesaurus, printer ink, PE uniform ($50), two reams of copy paper, two combination locks, a flash drive and about 10 other items. I know that one of the best ways to be successful in school is to be prepared, so I decided to spend my own money and buy the printer ink and copy paper in addition to the items pictured below. In the end I didn’t mind how much it cost me out of pocket, because I was happy the mom wouldn’t have to stress about how she would get the items before school starts.

School Supplies Making Back to School Easy

I spent $13 on all of the supplies I purchased, which includes a few more notebooks, pens and paper not pictured above. I was able to use coupons on a few of the items, and got the lock for $3 because it was out of its original package. Can you believe I got a Master Lock for $3 and it works? I couldn't. I just knew it wouldn't work when I got home, but I was wrong. It works fine and will keep those expensive PE clothes safe and secure.

Thank you to Campus Book Rentals for making back to school easy and helping us pay it forward.

Campus Book Rentals is a company that offers students up to 90% off their textbooks! It not only allows students to save money, it helps students make money by providing services for students to rent out their textbooks to other students. Campus Book Rentals has been around since 2007, and continues to help students live a more affordable life. Campus Book Rentals is proud to sponsor such an amazing pay it forward event

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I received $25 to purchase school supplies. No other compensation was received.

About Catherine

Catherine is a self-proclaimed "organization junkie" living in Los Angeles. She blogs about family, entertainment, food and anything else that pops into her mind.


  1. I have no children, so no cost to the school, but … I didn’t know Campus Book Rentals, is really a praiseworthy initiative and compliments for your excellent choices!

  2. Jessica Peeling says:

    Really great deals! I just paid about 5 dollars for a no name lock that sticks. :(

  3. I’ve heard the ridiculous demands on school supplies. Yikes! Thankfully this year will be an easy list (Kinder!). I am sure the mom of the 6th grader was very thankful for what you did for her and her son. :)

  4. What a great way to pay it forward. When my son started Algebra 1 in 6th grade, he had a mandatory brand of calculator that was $149. Seriously?? We ended up borrowing one, because I just didn’t have the extra money that year

  5. Those are really ridiculous school supply list, but fortunately there’s someone like you who wants to help. Campus Book Rentals definitely offers a great deal!

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