Back-to-School Shopping at Duane Reade

Disclosure: I went shopping for back-to-school supplies at #DuaneReade as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®. I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This #shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #cbias and their client.

IMG_2712It’s hard for me to believe but a month from now my kids will be starting 5th grade and 2nd grade.  Weren’t they just in preschool???

Bittersweet as it is, I love shopping for new school supplies.  There’s nothing like all those crisp, clean notebooks and newly sharpened pencils to get you revved up for the upcoming school year.

At the same time, I’m astounded by how much school supplies cost, especially here in New York City.  And my children and I are both keenly aware and grateful that we are able to buy these supplies, because not all New York City children can.  I am proud that as part of Duane Reade’s VIP Blogger program, I’m promoting not only back-to-school shopping at Duane Reade, but also the chain’s commitment to help underserved communities in our city.

From now through August 9th, Duane Reade is offering its customers the chance to participate in Operation Backpack, which distributes brand new backpacks and school supplies to New York City children living in homeless shelters. These children might otherwise have no supplies for the coming academic year


You can buy and donate any school supplies to put in these clearly-marked bins at participating Duane Reade locations, or if you’ve got the time to do some serious shopping, you can grab one of these checklists so you can outfit a complete backpack for a child in a particular age group.  Here is the list of supplies needed to complete a PreK or K backpack:


I brought my son S. (who turns 7 this Wednesday) with me to Duane Reade to buy some school supplies for his 2nd grade.  I explained to him that first we would buy supplies to donate for children who could not afford them.

We browsed the aisles and chose some products to fill a backpack for an elementary-school age girl.  For a very reasonable total cost (about $30), we were able to purchase and donate a backpack ($10.99), composition notebook ($1.99), vinyl file folder ($.99), trapper keeper ($5.99), pencil case ($4.79), pencils ($5.99), and colored pencils ($.99).


Then we moved onto some school supply shopping for S.   The first item he spotted was this Crayola BPA-free sandwich keeper ($2.99).  Since he is a picky eater and lunch can be tricky for him, I gladly bought this to help liven up his lunches:


And, of course, any seven-year-old is in need of fresh new markers and scissors.  We bought sets both for school and home.  They are always disappearing in our apartment.




As the old commercial says…”But wait, there’s more!”  Want to see more school supplies available at Duane Reade?  Visit my Google+ story on this “shoppertunity”.  And also check out Duane Reade on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and its website.


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