Aside from new lunch boxes (inevitable) and use-up-ables like pencils, pens, dividers and composition books, the only things I've had to purchase this year were scissors, one new trapper, and a shmancy calculator for my big kid (the hell's a graphing calculator, anyway?). No loose leaf paper, no folders, no binders, no rulers, no compasses, no pencil cases, no glue sticks (ha!). And no branded ANYTHING.
What pushed it over the edge to VICTORY status was the graph paper. Quin's math teacher requires 1/4" graph paper that is pre-punched for a three-ring binder. GUESS WHAT I HAD TUCKED AWAY from like the year that Michael and I were married (1990, for those keeping score)? At some point Michael decided that he needed graph paper so he could
AND I FOUND IT LAST NIGHT. Yes, I did. And I do not have to go to the store to buy 1/4" graph paper for my 7th grader. And there was much rejoicing.