Back to School Supply Shopping

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Today’s article comes to you from Ashley Jansen. She is getting ready for the new school year and wanted to share some ways to shop for school supplies. She also shares a spreadsheet list she created as well as ways you can give back to those in need of school supplies this year. 

I know, I know – “School Supply Shopping” is probably the last thing you are wanting to see the second week of July. I promise you I’m not trying to make your summer feel shorter – I’m just trying to save you money & time!

School Supply Lists are already posted on your school’s websites. Please note – each school may be a little different so make sure you go to your school’s specific website. If you are like me, I have 3 children across 2 schools and in 3 grades. It was hard for me to keep it all straight of just how many folders, glue sticks, etc. I needed. So I made this simple Excel Spreadsheet that I’m sharing with you here. It should be easy for you to manipulate for your specific supply lists. Note: The yellow column is the one that has the formula in it so don’t clear that one. I’ve added some extra blanks at the bottom for you to add yours.

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You can download Ashley’s spreadsheet for free, by clicking here – School Supply Checklist

You might notice at the top I have BBC, H, L, & G. The last three initials are my son’s names. But the first, BBC, is our church. They do a backpack drive each year and put out their own list of supplies that are most needed by the schools and children in Forsyth and Dawson counties. These are the kids that need assistance in fulfilling their school supply shopping. So I add them to my school supply shopping list each year to give back.

If you are interested in helping provide school supplies to those unable to do so for themselves here are few options:

  • Backpacks of Love at Morrow Family Medicine
  • Forsyth County United Way – Stuff the Bus
    • Drop off is from 6/1-7/31 at the UW County Office (240 Elm Street) Monday thru Friday 9-5. You can CLICK HERE to see the supply list
  • Publix – School Tools for Cool Kids
    • Drop off is thru 7/31 at all local Publix stores. See each specific store for their specific supply list needs.
  • Browns Bridge Church – Back to School Backpack Drive
    • Drop off is 7/16 & 7/23 before and after all services (Services are at 9, 11, and 4:30) just inside the main lobby (3860 Browns Bridge Road). You can CLICK HERE to see the different supply lists for different age groups. (Because their labels are a little different I wanted to let you know: WaumbaLand = PreK; UpStreet = Elementary School; Transit = Middle School; InsideOut = High School). TIP::I have 2 boys in PreK and 1 in Elementary so I usually will match for each boy so they are a part of the giving experience. They each get to pick out the backpack and fill it with the supplies and turn it in to church – it’s a great learning experience.
    • Vickery Village Backpack Drive
    • Stuff the Bus at Northside Forsyth

So what about that promise at the beginning of me saving you money? Well here you go…I actually usually do all of my school supply shopping at Staples. This week they are having a great sale. If you buy a backpack you get all school supplies 25% off the already low sale price. My boys don’t need new backpacks, but because I will be buying one for the Church drive mentioned above I get to take advantage of the sale for all my boys as well. There are also great sales going on this week and next. TIP: I would recommend you pay close attention to this website – it always helps me with sales.

We would love to hear from you on this. Please post a comment with any school supply drives/donation centers you are supporting so the rest of us can help. And if you find any great sales and/or deals inform us of those too!

Happy Back to School Supply Shopping!!! (21 days and counting…now see…that was intentionally trying to make your summer sound shorter)

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Ashley Jansen is wife of 14 years to Mark and mom to three boys, Hamilton (10), Luke (5), and Garrett (2). Originally from Texas, she has lived in Forsyth County for the last 13 years. She loves Mexican food, watching football and baseball, reading a good book, making Excel spreadsheets, and prefers candy over chocolate and Dr. Pepper over Coke. She is a recent breast cancer survivor, but still prefers purple over pink.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of February 27

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – February 27

We have put together a preview of the Things to Do this Week & Weekend in Forsyth County for you. Hope you have a great week!

The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week:

MONDAY

  • Birds and the Bees 2.0
  • Family PJ Story Time

TUESDAY

  • Seuss Spectacular
  • Toddler Tales, Preschool Pals & Afternoon Story Time
  • Family Night at Chick-fil-A (both Cumming locations)
  • And more!

WEDNESDAY

  • Preschool Pals & Toddler Tales

THURSDAY

  • Great Decisions Series
  • Books and Babies, Toddler Tales & Preschool Pals
  • And more!

FRIDAY

  • Busy Builders at Hampton Park Library
  • And more!

SATURDAY

  • Home Depot Kid’s Workshop (Building a Rain Gauge) – Register Here
  • Kid’s Club at Michael’s
  • Storytime at Barnes & Noble
  • Wine Tasting at Jax Fine Wine & Spirits or Talk of the Table
  • And more!

SUNDAY

  • Looking for a church to attend? We have a round-up for you! Click here

Deals and Giveaways:

Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of February 20

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – February 20

We have put together a preview of the Things to Do this Week & Weekend in Forsyth County for you. Hope you have a great week!

The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week:

MONDAY

TUESDAY

  • FREE Chick-n-Minis (3-count) at participating Chick-Fil-A’s
  • 25+ Ideas of Things to Do During School Break
  • Toddler Tales, Preschool Pals & Afternoon Story Time
  • Family Night at Chick-fil-A (both Cumming locations)
  • And more!

WEDNESDAY

  • Preschool Pals & Toddler Tales
  • Harry Potter Reading Club
  • And more!

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

  • CASA Superhero 5k Run/Walk
  • Creekside UMC Spring Consignment Sale
  • Kid’s Club at Michael’s
  • Storytime at Barnes & Noble
  • Wine Tasting at Jax Fine Wine & Spirits or Talk of the Table
  • And more!

SUNDAY

  • Looking for a church to attend? We have a round-up for you! Click here
  • Signs 101 with Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

Deals and Giveaways:

Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of February 13

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – February 13

We have put together a preview of the Things to Do this Week & Weekend in Forsyth County for you. Hope you have a great week!

The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week:

MONDAY

  • Family PJ Story Time

TUESDAY

  • Happy Valentine’s Day! (There are TONS of restaurants specials on our round-up)
  • Toddler Tales & Preschool Pals
  • Afternoon Storytime
  • Family Night at Chick-fil-A (both Cumming locations)
  • And more!

WEDNESDAY

  • Plastic Pollution Awareness Day
  • Preschool Pals & Toddler Tales
  • Crafter’s Corner for Adults
  • And more!

THURSDAY

  • Books & Babies
  • Toddler Tales
  • Preschool Pals
  • Family PJ Storytime
  • Winnie the Pooh Storytime
  • And more!

FRIDAY

  • Busy Builders at Hampton Park Library
  • Winter Puppet Extravaganza
  • 1/2 Price Family Day at Cumming Aquatic Center
  • Galentine Night
  • And more!

SATURDAY

  • Kid’s Club at Michael’s
  • Storytime at Barnes & Noble
  • Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime
  • Wine Tasting at Jax Fine Wine & Spirits or Talk of the Table
  • And more!

SUNDAY

  • Looking for a church to attend? We have a round-up for you! Click here

Deals and Giveaways:

Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of February 6

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – February 6

We have put together a preview of the Things to Do this Week & Weekend in Forsyth County for you. Hope you have a great week!

The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

PS- This is the last full week before Valentine’s Day. If you need ideas of things to do, places to go, or gift ideas – visit our round-up here.

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week:

MONDAY

  • Family PJ Story Time

TUESDAY

  • Toddler Tales & Preschool Pals
  • Afternoon Storytime
  • A Very Merry UnBirthday for Teens
  • Family Night at Chick-fil-A (both Cumming locations)
  • And more!

WEDNESDAY

  • Preschool Pals & Toddler Tales
  • Adulting 101: Insurance

THURSDAY

  • Books & Babies
  • Toddler Tales
  • Preschool Pals
  • Family PJ Storytime
  • Homeschool Discovery
  • Trade & Politics
  • And more!

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

  • Kid’s Club at Michael’s
  • North GA Running Company – Soulmate 5k
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime
  • Saturday Story Time at Post Road Library
  • Parents’ Night Out at Vickery Village Dojo
  • And more!

SUNDAY

  • Looking for a church to attend? We have a round-up for you! Click here
  • Water Quality 101 with Keeping Forsyth Beautiful

Deals and Giveaways:

Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of January 30

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – January 30

We have put together a preview of the Things to Do this Week & Weekend in Forsyth County for you. Hope you have a great week!

The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

One last thing, don’t forget to check out our Super Bowl round-up.  Click here to find out more.

 

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week:

MONDAY

  • Family PJ Story Time

TUESDAY

  • Toddler Tales & Preschool Pals
  • Afternoon Storytime
  • Family Night at Chick-fil-A (both Cumming locations)
  • And more!

WEDNESDAY

  • Preschool Pals
  • Story Time in Spanish

THURSDAY

  • Books & Babies
  • Toddler Tales
  • Preschool Pals
  • Family PJ Storytime
  • The Future Of Europe: Great Decisions Series

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

  • Looking for a church to attend? We have a round-up for you! Click here
  • Super Bowl Sunday – GO FALCONS!

Deals and Giveaways:

Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of January 23

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – January 23

Morning Forsyth County! It’s been a month or so since i’ve done the week round-ups. But this week, I’m back to the swing of things. Just a reminder that the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

One last thing, don’t forget to check out our Valentine’s round-up. It includes kid activities, adult activities, restaurant specials & gift ideas! Click here to find out more.

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week:

MONDAY

It’s a quiet day for Forsyth County today. The first Monday in two weeks where the kids are at school – LOL! Here are a few ideas for today:

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Preschool Pals

THURSDAY

  • Books & Babies
  • Toddler Tales
  • Preschool Pals
  • Family PJ Storytime

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

  • Looking for a church to attend? We have a round-up for you! Click here

Deals and Giveaways:

Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of December 19th

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – December 19th

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week…

MONDAY

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TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Deals and Giveaways:

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Holiday Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of December 12th

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – December 12

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week…

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Deals and Giveaways:

Circle A Farms

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Holiday Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week of December 5th

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Things to Do in Cumming GA This Week and Weekend – December 5

Here’s what is going on in Forsyth County this week…

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Deals and Giveaways:

Circle A Farms

The best way to make sure don’t miss anything is to be subscribed to the Cumming Local Newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

Holiday Events: If you have something that’s open to the community, please let us know about it. You can do that by Submitting an Event to our Calendar or Submitting a Press Release.

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