It may only be July 18, but we are ready for school to begin:
It sounds so ridiculous, but ever since the year I ended up a complete sobbing mess in the Wal-mart aisle, we just get this finished early. There is a sweet spot right after the year-round kids go back. The stores think they over-purchased and cut prices, and no one else is even thinking about backpacks yet.
We ordered backpacks online last week, and they were here and waiting for the supplies we purchased this morning. We had the entire section to ourselves. We found everything we needed, and it is already packed and waiting for the next year of adventures. My August-self will be so happy.