Frugal School Supply Challenge Results 2012

Curious about the final results from the $10 School Supply Challenge?

Altogether, 10 people participated and collected a total of $933.17 worth of school supplies for the Henrico Education Foundation! The total amount of money spent for that haul was $93.79 – a 90% savings rate!

The top shopper was Ann, who purchased $178.97 worth with her $10 budget. Her six-year-old daughter Natalie participated as well, and the other frugal ladies who contributed were Jennifer, Kim, Stephanie, Julie, Noelle, Eleanor, and Tiffany.

Many thanks to Kroger,, and for providing prizes for this year’s participants!

For my part, I spent $9.86 and collected $122.19 worth of supplies.

(My son wanted to be in the picture since he helped)

It’s funny, during last year’s challenge I didn’t set foot in Staples, and this year, the majority of my haul comes from there. Altogether I made 4 Staples runs, plus one trip each to Target, Office Max, and Kroger. To get past the $5 minimum required for some of Staples cheap prices, I took advantage of the free-after-rebate items – I have submitted 5 Easy rebates for $23.98 back. I also used a couple of manufacturer’s coupons for Bic and RoseArt items.

So where is all this bounty headed?

Working with the Henrico Education Foundation, we’ve divided it into high school supplies destined for Henrico High School and elementary supplies for students at Donahoe Elementary.

Hopefully, this inspires you about the potential of bargain shopping, particularly as a means of blessing others even if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare!

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    August 16th, 2012 by