Like most little kids, my daughter Vanessa loves to go Back to School shopping. Since she learned how to read in kindergarten last year, my soon to be first-grader made shopping for her school supplies super easy this time around because she was able to read from the list and keep track of what was missing all by herself.

Just like we did last year, we headed to the Back to School section of our local Walmart, but this time around we had a challenge. To fill two backpacks worth no more than $25 each with as many school supplies as $25 would buy for each one. We’re staying with one backpack and donating the other to United With Migrants, a non-profit organization run by an amazing nun who works with Colorado’s agricultural workers and their families.

Instead of going crazy and just getting whatever school supplies for the backback we’re donating, I figured we’d just fill it with the same ones from Vanessa’s first grade list. Most of the stuff on the list is pretty basic, so I’m sure whatever first-grader gets it will be able to go to school with all the supplies he or she needs.

The thing I love the most about Walmart’s Back to School section is how easy it is to find all the supplies my daughter needs. Plus, the prices are pretty much unbeatable! We were actually able to get the majority of the supplies on her list for under $25. Check out what’s going in her backpack (and in the one we’re donating):

  • 1 Crayola Crayons — 24 ct.
  • 2 Crayola Washable markers, wide
  • 2 Crayola Washable markers, fine
  • 24 Pencils #2, sharpened
  • 1 Crayola Colored Pencils — 12 ct.
  • 2 Crayola Watercolor Paint Set
  • 1 Dry Erase Markers, set of 4, fine
  • 2 Folders w/pockets
  • 2 B&W Composition Notebooks
  • 1 Pencil Box
  • 1 Elmer’s Glue — 8 oz.
  • 4 Glue sticks — small
  • 1 Scissors, pointed
  • 1 Post Its — 3×3
  • 2 Sharpie — Fine Tip
The only things we didn’t get were the box of tissues, the hand sanitizer, the Clorox wipes and the bandaids.

I liked having the opportunity to explain to Vanessa that not every child is able to go back to school with a new backpack, let alone all the supplies on her list. The older she gets, the more I’m able to talk to her about the importance of helping those who are not as fortunate as we are. I now plan on taking her with me to drop off the backpack filled with school supplies.

DisclosureAs part of the Walmart Moms program, SpanglishBaby received compensation and the products to facilitate this post. As always, all stories and opinions are our own.

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