1. get the generic crayons, markers, siccors, pencils, erasers, ect. they are just has good as the name brand and also you can get more for the price you get the more expensice ones for.
2. for clothing, my youngest gets lucky and gets all the old clothing from my oldest son, well the ones that are not too worn out. for more clothing i shop thrift!
3.shoes we buy them right before summer when they are on sale. we always buy them a little big so they have room to grow.
this is my list, how does yours look?