My children start back to school this week. Right now the stores are running sales on all the necessary items, paper, pencils, dry erase markers, colored pencils and so forth. It seems like every year the teachers ask for these items to be replaced in the classroom come January. Keep this in mind and buy a few extra items now while they are on sale. Then when the teachers have post their "wish lists" later in the year, you will already have these items on hand and you will have bought them when they were deeply discounted. Other items to stock up on and get when on sale for the classroom are Clorox wipes, Kleenex and hand sanitizer.