I wanted to use the St. Patrick’s theme to analyze spending involved with planning a theme. This is actually the second to last one I had planned in my first set of themed trays.
I must say first that (1) I have a lot of stuff and (2) I am a packrat. Aren’t those the same thing? Well it should be said twice. I have so many craft supplies from years of crafting and am SO happy to have uses for most of it now! But of course it is good to get some ‘new’ things and find ways to make themes extra fun.
Following are my overall goals with trays and making purchases:
- Finding ways to purchase what is desired in minimal shopping trips
- Utlizing internet for purchases when possible
- Buying as little as possible
- Buying items that we can use again
- Having a well-stocked homeschool in the next couple months!
(Most of these supplies can of course be utilized for other things. To me all of it can, even before St. Patrick’s next year!)
Following is what I had purchased:
Shamrock foam “beads”
($6.25/500 from Oriental Trading)
($2.99/72 from Party City)
Print order at FedEx Kinko’s
(about 40 cents for shamrock printing)
(spent $5.50 on 3 bags of gems)
($2.50 after coupon at Jo-Ann)
(“Earth tones” for 89 cents after coupon)
($1.99 for a large bag)
Store-brand Apple Jacks
($1.99 for a big box)
2 green salsa bowls
($1 at Dollar Tree)
(Of course everything else was “purchased” at some point, I am just summarizing what I bought with this specific theme in mind!)
Now $23 seems like a LOT of money to me but it is good to see it mapped out like this. I likely have enough gems forever! I think the only thing I splurged on was the cookie cutter. I was nervous I wouldn’t find another one, which of course I did! But I appreciate the size and quality.
Moral of the story is I feel better seeing how much I spent as I was worried it was more! But it is a good lesson to plan ahead and remember the goal of having a well-stocked homeschool.