Top Tips for Back to School Shopping

Top Tips for Back to School Shopping

The best strategy for back-to-school shopping is to get organised, stock up on the basics and look out for sales and promotions.  Start your back-to-school shopping with a good plan.  To children, shopping for new clothes, gear, and school supplies may be the only good thing about going back to school, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune every year. Here are some great ideas for how to get everything they need and save a bit doing it.

Check your home and school first
Sort through last year’s supplies to see what can be reused; there is a very good likelihood that you still have supplies remaining from last year, especially if you have more than one child in school. So make sure you first check your home to see what you already have.

  • Buy used books- Your School probably has a used book website or co-operative.
  • See if your friends have children who were in the class or have taken it so that you may use their books.

Make a list (specific list) and get your child involved
Use the recommended supplies list from your child’s school or teacher as a starting point.  After you have determined what you have, make a list of what you need.  Be specific!  Because if you are not you will buy things that are not really needed. Try to have the list as detailed as possible to avoid purchasing unnecessary items. Sit down with your child and go over your list together.

Stick to what is needed, (Separate wants from needs)

Most school supplies don’t go out of style, and your child will happily use the pencils and pens left over from last year. Beware the power of trends, stick to your list!. Children will try to convince you that they have to have a certain items and brands because everyone else has one. Once you have the final list, involved your child and the item is not on the list it is easier to explain to your kids that the item is not really needed. You’ll also be doing your child’s teacher a favor if you stick to basic supplies without gimmicks. Pens that light up are a source of distraction in the classroom.

Hold off buying trendier gear like lunch boxes and pencil cases. Kids may love a version they find in July, but once they start school and see that their friends are all using another kind, they’ll beg you to change them — and that only results in wasted cash.

Budget and Set Limits
Set a fixed budget on how much you will be spending on back to school items other than essentials such as school books and uniforms and make sure your child is aware of this. As you shop let your kid(s) know how much of the budget is left.

Figure out when quality counts.

Quality shoes and winter coats are a good investment, even if they cost more.

End-of-summer sales.

You know that kids wear short sleeve polo shirts all year long, so hit the big summer sales and snap up discounted lines that can be worn all year.

Buy basics in bulk

Don’t forget discount stores and supermarkets, you can save on many back to school items check weekly circulars for deals,  you know that paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks will always be needed. Euro shops, supermarkets and online shops are wonderful sources for buying these items in bulk. Use a storage container so you can dip into it all year long.  Set up this storage area near your child’s homework area so they will have what they need nearby
Shop Around
Don’t buy from the first store you walk in, take some time and shop around and compare prices you’d be surprised how much you can save overall.  Have relations and friends check out shops in their towns for bargains.

Don’t stop shopping
Continue back to school shopping throughout the year, often we miss some great bargains throughout the year because we do not think of school shopping. Keep an eye out for sale items and bargains in the “off-season” and when you find something buy it and put it away for next year.

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