Back to school shopping is really exciting for kids. With new school bag, lunch box, shoes and all supplies, they get excited to go to school. It is same with my kid too. After every school holidays, he eagerly waits to see his teacher and friends. And he loves everything new.
But, as parents, we need to plan back to school shopping properly to avoid missing any item. At the same time, it is also important to avoid unnecessary things that are really not important for the new school term.
Below are some of the back to school shopping tips which I follow and which can be helpful for you too. These tips will save you both time and money. When you plan properly, back to school shopping will be really a fun experience!
Prepare a back to school supplies list
Most of the time, teacher provides a list of back to school supplies .However, don’t forget the other essentials such as school bag, shoes ,lunch box and water bottle. When you have a shopping list which include all these back to school supplies, it is easy to shop the things from the list. It is easy to find a back to school supplies list from www.myschoolsupplylists.com as they have separate lists from kindergarten to 12th grade. For my kindergartner, I found their back to school supplies list as helpful because it includes everything from the school bag. You will never miss any item!
Buy quality school supplies
During the back to school time, there will be many promotions and cheap sales. However, instead of only looking for saving money by buying cheap supplies, check the quality too. If the pencils you buy are not easy to sharpen or the pens you buy at cheap price are leaky, then such things will cost you more. You will need to buy these supplies again. But, you can look for offers and sales of reputed quality school supplies brands and shop from them for a discounted rate. It will be a good investment for the whole new school term.
Check for promotions and offers
As I mentioned above, quality matters. However, during the back to school period, you can find many offers and promotions. You can get a lot of quality supplies while saving money using Kohls coupon. When you buy school supplies using such offers, you can easily save money. If you have more than one kids, this will be great to save from each kid’s supplies list.
Buy basics in bulk
You need some School supplies such as pencils, pens and notebooks more than one. When you buy these supplies in bulk, you will save money and you will also have a stock at home to use when need. Set up a separate storage in your home for extra school supplies and you can keep the items for a period.
Above are some the great tips that I use for my kid’s back to school supplies shopping. If you know more tips, please share as a comment.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)