Cheap basic back to school supplies

Hi, my name is Allison and I’m addicted to school supplies.  I’m not even going to try and repent, there’s nothing forbidden about my love.  Especially when it comes to the cheap basic back to school supplies all over store shelves right now.

Aren’t these pencils pretty?  I can’t even handle it.

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All the back to school supply sales at the end of summer are my favorite, in an I-totally-have-a-problem kind of way, but I’ve found a way to make my addiction justifiable.  It’s called donation.  I buy as many school supplies as I can afford when the pencils are .14 cents a dozen and a reams of paper are .50 cents each, and then I find a way to donate what I collect.  There are so many schools filled with children who can’t afford to buy school supplies and so many teachers digging into their own shallow pockets to make up the difference, any donations are gratefully accepted all over my community.

In addition to that, I like to send a box once in a while to another country where schoolhouses are humble and children are extremely thankful for every small donation.  When we traveled to Costa Rica we packed an entire carry-on to the brim with notebooks, pencils, erasers, paper, glue, rulers, and scissors for a small village school in a town we visited.  The children were cutting rubber erasers in half to share and there weren’t enough pencils to go around so our tiny contribution went a very long way.

I’m putting together another box to send to Costa Rica, but you don’t have to go that far to help kids with basic needs.  Go to your local elementary schools and find out how you can help.  A little bit goes a long way.

ROYGBIV never looked so good.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Cathy :

    As much as I love the crayola felt pens (so washable!!!) I hate their color pencils. If they fall on the floor once, the lead breaks inside and cannot be sharpenned again. I find that Crayola either makes amazing products or total flops.
    Kuddos to you on sharing the supplies!

  2. senseo7810 :

    I like All p-roducts that u provide for school children ,keep providing but some offers will be good , Thank you.