Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Back to School Edition

If you’ve been to Walmart or Target since the Fourth of July, you’ve probably had ample time to review the mass amounts of back to school items that are now available. Those marketers, they know how to get us thinking ahead of schedule, don’t they?

Since the days this month and into next signify a reentry to schooling, I thought it would be great if we could share our “must-haves” for back to school.

For our family something that we use all the time is our library card. In fact, I just checked; we have 100 checkouts to our name right now. Yikes!

Our library system is absolutely amazing — year round. Not only do we have access to all the public libraries within our county, but we can also request items on “interlibrary loan” — for FREE! We have saved so much money using the ILL system. If a book interests us, FishPapa or I will request it from someplace else in the country, rather than shell out the cash to buy something we may or may not like.

As a teacher, I find my library card to be invaluable. I spend very little on our homeschool curriculum because most of the books we read, I borrow for free.

Thank God for the library!

What’s your “must-have” back to school item? Please share it with us, ’cause we may be missing out on a cool trick! Here’s what to do:

1) Write a post about it on your blog, mention this post so that your readers can share in the wealth over here, and then come back here and share your link!


2) Share your idea in the comments section!

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  1. I am glad to see Toolin Up Tuesday back! I like it. We also love the library but our system has started charging $1 for interlibrary loans. If it is within our library system it is free but if you request it from out of system it is $1. I was disappointed to find that out but it is still cheaper than buying a book. I also live in a small town in a small county. Our library system is pretty poor but I pay $45 a year to join the library system in the large city near me. It is a great system and the libraries are near places I go all the time. It is well worth the price. I figure I save a lot more the $45 each year in books by using the system.

  2. I LOVE using our ILL system too. But, our’s goes beyond our county and into area towns. I live in the county north of Savannah. I can request a book within my county or I can request a book from a library all the way in Savannah (30-45 minute drive) or even all the way to the beach (a good hour drive). I just have to be patient. But, it is well worth the wait because I’m not buying the book. I just go on-line, place a hold, and put down which branch where I want to pick it up. AWESOME!! And this all free!

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  4. I have a confession to make. The organizational nerd in me loves back to school time because of all the cool supplies!

  5. I’m jealous. 😉 I live outside the city limits so every book I check out at the library costs $.50. Not as much as buying the book, but that can add up.

    Thankfully, there is a church with a fairly decent library in town that we can use for free.

    And I like your meme! I usually forget to participate, but I’ll make a note of it for the future.

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