Last updated on January 24th, 2020 at 07:25 pm
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I haven’t jumped on the Amazon Prime band wagon yet. I still prefer ordering from Amazon using qualifying items for free shipping.
Sometimes that means I am a few dollars short of where I need to be at check out time to make the minimum for free shipping. When that problem arises I refer to my list of add-on products that we use all the time in our home and that are either the same price as I would find in the store or just a bit more (since the extra cost is washed out in what I save in shipping).
8 of my favorite add-on items
As a home schooling family we go through a lot of pencils. Dixon Ticonderoga are a great long lasting brand of pencils. They sharpen well and don’t break as easy. Amazon sells a box of 12 as an add on item.
In my house, we are always short on pens so this box of blue ink pens is a favorite add on item of ours.
My children lose their erasers almost daily. So I try to keep a few new ones around as back ups to avoid wasting school minutes searching for them. Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers are a family favorite so we often toss a pack into our order.
4. School Glue Sticks
My daughter is an art addict so we go through glue sticks fast. This pack of two glue sticks is priced a bit higher than I would buy it in store but if it bumps me up to free shipping then the amount saved is greater than the extra I spent.
The little budding artist also is known for using all the tape in the house at an alarming rate. This 3 pack of Scotch brand magic tape is reasonable and is often just what I need to bump my order to the free shipping limit.
6. Hair Elastics
Both my daughter and I really like the Scunci brand of hair elastics. My daughter takes her ponytails out in the strangest places and leaves her hair elastics there as well, so after a while our supply dwindles.
7. Index Cards
Even though my eldest son uses a flash card App on his iPad for school we still go through index cards fast at our house. I use them to fill my price book (I set my hole puncher to the right distance), for writing short notes, for giving my son a daily list of what he needs to do that day for school, and on and on. The fact that we go through them so fast makes them the perfect add-on item.
8. Black Sharpies
We use black Sharpies all over the house to label things. There is one child who never seems to get the lid on tight so they dry out.
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