Friday, August 3, 2012

Fun Friday ~ $200 Back-to-School Gift Basket Could Be Yours!!!




Happy Fun Friday!  This is the last Friday of my Summer Vacay...but I'm having fun anyway!

I'm having fun because I have the opportunity to give away an outstanding Back-to-School Gift Basket containing 28 items and worth more than $200!!!!

This gift basket is being provided by Discount Office Items.  Who doesn't love a company with the word discount in the title, right???



Maybe you're looking for back-to-school items for your children.  {You know you love those lists the teachers send out.}  Click HERE for great deals on everything on those lists!



Maybe you need to mark a few more things off your own classroom supply list.  {That list that just keeps growing and growing!}  Click HERE to find all the savings available to you!


No matter what you're looking for, you definitely want to check Discount Office Items out.


Would you like to see the list of all the items in the gift basket?


  1. Wilson Jones Vertical Poly Filer 
  2. Swingline Tot Mini Stapler 
  3. Avery Mini Durable View Protect & Store Binder
  4. Avery Permanent Self-Adhesive Reflective Stickers 
  5. Elmer's E 520 Washable School Glue Sticks 
  6. Fiskars kids Classic Pointed Tip Scissors 
  7. WIDE LANDSCAPEPAD Paper 
  8. Post-it Full Adhesive Notes 
  9. Bright Air Daisy Air Freshener 
  10. Targus Backpack 
  11. Mead Five Star Composition Book 
  12. Westcott Titanium Bonded Scissors
  13. Stanley Bostitch Quest Shapr Vertical Pencil Sharpener 
  14. Stanley Bostitch Premium Stapler 
  15. Index Card Notebook
  16. Slider Pencil Case
  17. Two-Pocket Heavyweight Folder 
  18. Bound Sheet Protector Presentation Book
  19. 8-Pocket Spiral Bound Portfolio 
  20. Reusable Dry Erase Pockets 
  21. Crayola Slick Stix Twistable Crayon 
  22. Crayola Window Markers 
  23. Crayola Dry Erase Crayons 
  24. Crayola Fabric Markers
  25. Pendaflex Divide it Up File Folder 
  26. Pendaflex Ready Tab Color Hanging Folder 
  27. Pendaflex SureHook Hanging File 
  28. Ampad Gold Classic Project Planner

That's a bunch of good stuff!  I'd love to win all of that myself!


Entering this giveaway is easy peasy.

You may enter twice by leaving a separate comment for each question below.  Only 2 comments...no more than that.  Make sure you leave your e-mail address so I can reach you if you're the winner!


#1 - What is the most expensive OR most unusual item you've seen on a back-to-school list?

#2 - What is your favorite office item?  


For me, #1 would definitely be graphing calculators and #2 would be a toss-up between sheet protectors and Sharpies. :)


Alright, leave those comments and cross your fingers while you do some surfing on the Discount Office Items site.


I'll take entries through Tuesday, August 7th at 11:59 PM Eastern.  I'll announce the winner on Wednesday using a random number generator!


Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},









128 comments:

  1. My most unusual purchase of school supplies was gym shoes to only be worn in the gym. Two sets of shoes? $$$$$

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  2. My favorite supply is all the cute covered notebooks.
    darmi@sdplains.com

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  3. My favorite supply is my new black stiletto heel tape dispenser.

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  4. Multiple packs of copy paper on the school supply list is probably the most unusual student supply item I have seen so far.

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  5. My favorite office supply is Bic pencils.

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  6. The most expensive item was a saxophone.
    mozingodeborah@gmail.com

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  7. Most expenseive Back to School item? Let's go with my Assessment book for an Assessment course that I took post BEd!

    Krystal
    krystallynnm@hotmail.com

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  8. Favorite school supply - an awesome daily planner/calendar book with lots of tabs and post-its.

    Krystal
    krystallynnm@hotmail.com

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  9. One of the most unusual school supply items I have seen on a list is Ziplock, or Ziplock-type, bags. Although they do come in handy, I would never have thought to put those on a back-to-school supply list!

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  10. My favorite school supply items would have to be the folders and notebooks that you can decorate yourself.

    Michelle
    cshelle@atmc.net

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  11. The most expensive thing I have had to buy was a graphing calculator.
    Roseanne - mkpw14@gmail.com

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  12. My favorite school supply is cool letters to decorate bulletin boards - the crazier the better!
    Roseanne
    mkpw14@gmail.com

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  13. I would agree with the graphing/statistic's calculator as the most expensive and my favorite school supply is neon expo markers!

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  14. The most expensive items I have seen on a supply list is post-it notes. In fact they specifically asked that they be 3-M brand.

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  15. My favorite school supply item is black borders for my bulletin boards.

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  16. My favorite back to school item for me is Mr. Smelly Markers - I think that is what they are called and colored gel pens for grading. I hate the red ones at school!

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  17. I have never seen a strange item on a back to school list but I sure would love for parents to buy 3" binders and no folders - the folders drive me nuts!

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  18. #1 I also agree with the graphing calculators, but I have even heard of a laptop being on a high schooler's list too! Crazy, right!!

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    mgorham78@gmail.com

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  19. #2 My absolute favorites are sticky notes (Post-its) and Mr. Sketch's Smelly Markers. I use sticky notes with the kids EVERYDAY!! And making those anchor charts with fun markers always makes it a little more fun.
    But wait......I can't forget about EXPO Markers (all different colors)!! We all use them and they are sooo expensive. I love being able to use different colors each day. It makes the white board look a little more interesting.
    Thanks!!

    mgorham78@gmail.com

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  20. My favorite back to school item(s) are new notebooks and fun pens :o)

    msob123@gmail.com

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  21. Ziploc bags are an unusual item on a supply list. They are so useful in the classroom, but I never thought of having them on the list until I started teaching at my school!

    msob123@gmail.com

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  22. The strangest school supply list item I have seen was white bottomed sneakers (very specific) because the sneakers with black bottoms left scuff marks on the floors! The school actually put the white sneakers on the Kindergarten supply list because they were the biggest mark makers!

    My favorite supplies are pretty pens and glitter (sigh), I LOVE glitter.

    Christy
    Arilyn@rocketmail.com

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  23. The most unusual school supply item I've seen is asking elementary school students to purchase 2 flash drives... It seemed a little ridiculous for the age group!

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  24. Oops, second answer-favorite supply is pens...fancy pens.

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  25. When back to school shopping, I'm a sucker for a good pen and pencils... I will search high and low to find the perfect ones! There is nothing remotely better than the smell of freshly sharpened pencils to signify the start of another school year.

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  26. The most unusual thing I've seen on a school supply list was actually this summer. A school a friend goes to asked for 24 glue sticks and 6 boxes of crayons...per student! I thought that was a little ridiculous!!

    Katie
    Katieadelle@aol.com

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  27. My favorite office item is probably post it notes or cute binders :)

    Katie
    Katieadelle@aol.com

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  28. I don't think I have seen anything on lists that are weird, but I have seen strange supplies this school year.

    Staples is selling magnetic locker wallpaper and a chandelier light for the top of the locker. For years there has been magnetic mirrors, but now it's chandelier locker lights.

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  29. My favorite office supply item is card stock. I know that is strange, but is makes everything we print look great on the bulletin boards.

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  30. My son's high school sent a letter home at the beginning of the summer saying that all studentgs would need an ipad for school this next school year. I say that is the most expensive.

    Elizabeth
    hodgesgal@gmail.com

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  31. My favorite office supply is colored paper and cardstock. I use it for everything!!!
    Elizabeth
    hodgesgal@gmail.com

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  32. I would have to agree with graphing calculators being the most expensive school supply item.

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  33. And, I'm pretty excited about the graph paper index cards I just ordered. I think they're gonna be one of my new favorites!

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  34. The most expensive item I have seen on a back to school list is an electric pencil sharpener.
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    robkwill@netscape.net

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  35. My fav office school supply is post it notes. I never ever have enough of them.
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    tobkwill@netscape.net

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  36. The most unusual would have to be what I just recently purchased for my teenage, dive of a daughter - a locker CHANDELIER. Yep, it has magnets to hold it up, and it even lights up. There is a sensor so that when you open the locker it will automatically light :-) She loves it! Found it at Walmart for about $15 and they come in white and black. Too funny!
    Sarah
    skprosser@hotmail.com

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  37. #1 I would say the most expensive I have seen are flash drives and laptops but this has been for high schoolers. It seems a little crazy to ask parents to buy laptops.

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  38. #2 my favorite supplies are colored sharpies, I use them for everything!

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  39. My favorite office item . . . there are many.
    Dry erase markers and boards.

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  40. My favorite supply is a whiteboard, you can decorate it any way you want and use different colors to express yourself (or assign homework). jcarcamo18@gmail.com

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  41. Nothing much out of the ordinary, but when I had to buy 5 heavy duty 3 ring binders, that costs about 45.00....plus all the other things to go along with the binders-dividers, paper, plastic page protectors, etc.

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  42. My favorite supply is definitely colored cardstock and paper. I like to make sure my parents can easily find things I send home for them!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  43. Strangest is an earthquaKe supply kit.

    Missmouthy at gmail

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  44. The most unusual request was 5 reams of paper for ech of my elementary kiddos.

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  45. My favorite is my high heel tape dispenser.

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  46. The most unusual supplies I've ever seen on a supply list are an old sock and 4 tennis balls. The sock was to be used to wipe off mini dry erase boards at the students desks. The tennis balls were to put on the bottom of chair legs to keep the feet of the chairs from squeaking and leaving marks when they were slid in and out.

    Shannon
    spheet@gmail.com

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  47. My favorite office item has always been organizational items, especially for the desk! I am always trying to get myself organized and for some reason I seem to think that plastic bins and boes will do it!

    Shannon
    spheet@gmail.com

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  48. #2 My fave items are my penguin supply holders.

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  49. The most expensive was definitely the graphing calculator that later got stolen. So sad!

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  50. My favorite item has to be good pens and mechanical pencils that write so smoothly!!

    Ajwarren911@yahoo.com

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  51. #1 Most expensive this year- a guitar for my daughter's guitar class.

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  52. #2 Dry erase markers...you can never have too many :)

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  53. Most unusual would have to be glade refills.

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  54. My favorite office supply.... gel pens and cute post-its

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  55. I would have to agree that a graphing calculator is the most expensive thing I have seen on a school supply list.

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  56. My favorite office supply are pens - I collect them and anytime I go into a store I have to check out (and buy) new pens in fun colors or with cool designs on them.

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  57. #1 - What is the most expensive OR most unusual item you've seen on a back-to-school list?

    I've seen your choice of kindle or nook on a school list (not in my county...but I saw it!). I was surprised because, depending on what you get, those are outrageous!

    --Andi
    andrea.gardner13@yahoo.com
    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

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  58. #2 - What is your favorite office item?

    I have to pick just one? I love, love, LOVE Sharpie Pens. I use them for everything and they write so well. Best of all, they don't bleed through!!!

    --Andi
    andrea.gardner13@yahoo.com
    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

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  59. #1 - Agreed. Graphing calculator.

    #2 - Different colored pens for grading - I'm totally addicted!

    -Beth 7th/8th grade teacher

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  60. #1 most expensive- the calculus calculator I bought for my son
    #2 The most fun-and favorite- I LOVE Post-It notes any shape, size, and color- neon ones are great!
    doraalvarezroa8261993@embarqmail.com

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  61. One of the strangest things on my son's supply list was a six inch binder to be used for one class only. It didn't fit in his backpack, they are very limited on when they can use their lockers, and although it was supposed to be for "life lessons" (in computer class), it was extremely beat up by the end of the year.

    Jennifer
    lvbooths@hotmail.com

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  62. My favorite office supply is sticky notes! Love them so much! I use them, the kids use them, and I run them through the printer sometimes too!

    Jennifer
    lvbooths@hotmail.com

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  63. The most expensive items on my school's back to school lists would have to be 6" heavy duty binders w/ clear pocket on front and thumb drives.

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  64. I love Sharpie Flip Chart Markers! LOVE, love, love them!

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  65. My favorite office supply is Crayola thin markers. They are to emphasize/highlight anything without going over board.

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  66. The most expensive item I have heard was going to be on a back to school list was an iPad. o_O

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  67. I wanted to get a free set of Westcott Scissors and Elmers Glue Sticks, so I had to be specific on my supply list one year. I had parents purchase Westcott Antibacterial Scissors and Elmers Purple Glue Sticks and I got my free stuff!

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  68. My favorite office supply is Flair felt tip pens.


    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  69. most expensive: I want my own laminator! definitely not in my teacher budget. darn! but it would make life soooo much easier!

    lisaf1215@att.net

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  70. My favorite supply would also have to be the flair felt tip pens ... in purple!

    lisaf1215@att.net

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  71. #1 - Thumb Drive!

    lindsrose@gmail.com

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  72. #2 My favorite office item(s) are EXPO markers and green pens! :)

    lindsrose@gmail.com

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  73. #1- A pair of socks (used as dry erase board erasers!)

    rossifam4@gmail.com

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  74. #2- Papermate Profile pens!

    rossifam4@gmail.com

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  75. #1- Ziploc bags, for storing manipulatives

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  76. Most expensive - a laptop. Required for all the students at the private school I used to teach at.

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  77. My favorite: binder clips! I thought they were the neatest thing when I was young (I've always loved office supplies), but never had one. Now I have a bunch, and I still love 'em. :-)

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  78. #1 - clothes for new school "dress code" (do clothes count?)

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  79. #2 - Sharpies, post-it notes, and stickers

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  80. Most unusual: 14 two-pocket prong folders... I can understand a few, but 14?!

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  81. Favorite office supply items: I love colored pens and post-in notes in bright colors!

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  82. Most expensive:second set of shoes for gym only.
    martha.craft@southmont.k12.in.us

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  83. Favorite to buy: New notebooks and extra fine Sharpies
    martha.craft@southmont.k12.in.us

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  84. Most expensive is my 8th grade son's graphing calculator.

    luvbcd@yahoo.com

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  85. My favorite office supplies are sheet protectors and binders.

    luvbcd@yahoo.com

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  86. The most unusual item I have on my back to school supply list is clear 2 liter bottles (we use them for science). Hard to tell what parents think when they see that though!

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  87. My favorite office supply item is binders! I try to keep all of my science units organized in a color coded binder

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  88. The most unusual thing I've seen on a back to school list is snacks (i.e., popcorn) and ziplock bags.

    My most expensive office supply is an electric pencil sharpener.

    My favorite office supply is dry erase marker Expo wipes.

    dshi637917@aol.com

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  89. The most unusual thing I've seen on a back to school list is used toy pieces to be used for manipulatives.

    mreagan@ecps.us

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  90. My favorite office supply item is colorful pens and/or markers. I cannot live without them!!

    mreagan@ecps.us

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  91. I have to agree that the specialized calculators have been the most expensive school list items I've seen. Most unusual - paper bags and sip lock baggies.

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  92. My favorite school supplies are colorful, smooth writing pens to grade with. And Post-It notes. I love post-its!

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  93. Most expensive - CALCULATORS! Agh, they're ridiculous.
    Most unusual - probably toothpicks?

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  94. Favorite school supplies are colored PENS. I like to color code everything. I'm a visual learner ;)

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  95. Most unusual... 100 rubber bands for 2nd grade.

    belljamieb at yahoo.com

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  96. My favorite- Sharpies! :)

    belljamieb at yahoo.com

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  97. Most Expensive - Graphing Calculators

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  98. Favorite Office Supply - Post-its ... I buy all shapes and sizes!!! I can't seem to get enough

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  99. Most expensive? I have two teenagers who both play the saxophone...Thank goodness for payment plans!


    Candice.Rosin@sendit.nodak.edu

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  101. My favorite? Smelly stickers, foil stars, and other fun stickers to put on my high schoolers' papers~ they're never too old!



    Candice.Rosin@sendit.nodak.edu

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  102. Most expensive item was probably the TI calculator that I was required to buy!

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  103. My most favorite office item is probably Post It notes OR notepads!! Obsessed with both!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees

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  104. Strangest was a 4 GB thumb drive on a kindergarten list.

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  105. Favorite is a tie between TUL pens from Office Max and large, lined post-it notes

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  106. The strangest I saw was 20 glue sticks for kindergarten. Are the going to eat them or create crafts?!

    Laura Coppess moimagine@hotmail.com

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  107. Organizer, organizers and more organizers!!! It's an obsession; everything HAS to be in its place. Brand-new Crayola crayons are a close second though :)

    Laura Coppess moimagine@hotmail.com

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  108. My favorite office supply is colorful dry erase markers.

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  109. The most expensive school supply is an ipad. A local parochial high school requires them.

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  110. My favorite is definitely a great planner. I have loved these since I was a kid.

    Randi rrep@ucla.edu

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  111. Most expensive is a graphing calculator. Luckily my school library has them to check out

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  112. The most expensive item I have seen (my son is only going into first grade) is a box of computer paper - not a ream - an ENTIRE box!

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  113. The office supply I love the most are post-it notes. As a teacher I am ADDICTED!

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  117. #1 Having to purchase multiple reams of copy paper

    Linda.augustin@yahoo.com

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  118. #2 I LOVE PLANNERS

    Linda.augustin@yahoo.com

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  119. #1 The most expensive back to school item has to be a TI-84+ graphing calculator. My daughter had to have the one with a pink cover so i pad about $149!!

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  120. #2 I LOVE pens and markers!! I have passed this obsession onto my younger cousin and my two daughters!! I would love back to school shopping even if I wasn't a Mom or teacher!!

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  121. Email address...tori.kelsoe@gladesschools.org

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  122. Most expensive? Definitely a fancy-shmancy calculator!

    Amy (teachertalkamy{at}gmail{dot}com)

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  123. I adore colored marker pens...the kind you can write with that leave an extra fine line...sigh!

    Amy (teachertalkamy{at}gmail{dot}com)

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  124. My favourite is note pads! I love all the different colours and sizes!

    sam.e.gardiner@gmail.com

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  125. The most unusual item on a .school supply list would be paperclip.

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