This is of course the time to buy them, because this is when things like pens and notebooks and folders are all on sale.
Of course, it won't be until the first week of September and we actually start school that we'll know what supplies are needed.
Funny how that all works.
But over the past few years, I've caught on and buy when the sales are good. Glue bottles for a penny, packages of erasers for five cents, folders for ten cents. All deals I've gotten in the past. And these school supplies sit in a plastic container under my bed, waiting to be needed.
I think I currently have enough marble notebooks and pencils to last me through both of my kids high school graduations (that should be about 2017). And if either of the kids need a 1/2 inch binder we're good. Of course, what will happen is they will need a one inch binder - isn't that the way it goes.
And now I shall find a way to tie this into writing - besides the obvious link of using pens and paper to write.
Sometimes when writing a new story there are more ideas then are needed at a given moment: scenes that are fun to write and showcase the characters but on deeper reflection don't move the plot forward or even actively slow things down at that point.
Don't fret. Take those scenes and stick them in a box under your bed (figuratively speaking of course) until you need them. It's always handy to have an extra scene, or 1/2-inch binder handy when you need it.