School supplies have been purchased . .

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School supplies have been purchased . .
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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 11:56pm
and our checkbook is about $100 lighter. At least it's done, we didn't get supply lists that specified brand names but there was an awful lot of things to get this year. Now we just wait a couple more weeks for school to start. Anyone else's school district starting after Labor Day this year? It's something I remember from my own school days but since Sean's been in school they always started just before Labor Day.

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Sherrie

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 10:27am
Our school supplies are purchased also -- probably a little more than $100 each this year since they wanted new lunch boxes and backpacks! Our school begins on Tuesday, September 2nd -- I'm soooooo ready.
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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 11:10am
You've actually had a back pack and/or lunchbox last for more than one school year???? How do you do it?? We have to buy them brand new at the beginning of each year (and sometimes have to replace them mid-year as well) because they are so trashed. I'm so jealous!!!! LOL

We're *all* ready for school to start September 3rd. Sean is bored and grouchy, so even he's really looking forward to school.

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Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 1:04pm
Sherrie, I have heard that if you buy a backpack from L.L. Bean, it has a lifetime guarantee. If the stitching comes out or whatever, you can send it back to them and they will repair (or replace-??) it for free. You may spend $40-50 for a backpack, but if they can use it for the next 7 years, it works out pretty well. I haven't done it yet because my kids usually manage to get at least 2 years out of a backpack and because I only recently heard about this. But I am considering it for the next time I need to get Stephen a backpack.

Janet

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 1:07pm
The district ds has been in since 2nd always starts the day after Labor Day, about the only one in the STL metro area that still does; most started this week.

Our list is never that awful. DS usually has plenty left over from the year before that he reuses, like pens and markers and highlighters and folders that they say they need, but come home brand new at the end of the year. We've also found that the pricier backpacks, such as Jansport, tend to last a nice long time. DS's is on his 2nd year with one of those and it's no worse for wear. Glad I found it on sale, though!!

Sue

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 3:25pm
That's a wonderful idea, I'll have to look into it too. Sean is just so incredibly hard on his backpacks, as I said I often have to replace it mid-year. I'd love to have a free replacement/repair when needed.

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Sherrie

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 5:51pm
We do start after Labor Day. A few districts in the area start the week leading up to Labor Day, but I don't know of any earlier than that.

I haven't done the supplies yet. I'm hoping we'll get our school mailing so that I can confirm what is posted on the web site is correct. We'll go next week sometime.

Janet

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 5:59pm
I spend a little more for Lands' End and L.L. Bean. I've used both, and they last beyond when the kids are sick of them! They outgrew the smaller size they were using, and they now use those bags for religious school and to throw books and stuff in when we travel. The bags I bought them last year for middle school still look basically new. I like that you can have them monogrammed (free at L.L.Bean along with shipping if you get their VISA card), so the bag is easily recognizable. If a zipper breaks or whatever, either company will repair or replace the bag with no questions asked.

Not to do a commercial or anything ;-) but you asked how to get more than 1 year out of a backpack!

Janet

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Wed, 08-20-2003 - 12:30am
I definitely needed the help, since Sean has expensive tastes so we end up paying about $20 twice a year for the backpacks that have enough pockets, are the right color, or whatever. If I could get two full years out of a backpack; ahh, bliss. LOL

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Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Wed, 08-20-2003 - 12:56pm
Well, then definitely check out Lands' End and L.L.Bean. They have a few different styles, all have good pockets, including one that has a spot to attach a key, put pens in, etc., and all the models come in lots of colors. L.L.Bean even recommends by age, and I found the 10+ category is great for middle school. Rachel picked an L.L.Bean bag, and Sam a L.E. bag.

Jansport also holds up very well. I don't think they're quite as good a value for the money in terms of size, pockets, etc., but you don't have to order them and I haven't looked at them in a few years.

Good luck!

Janet

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