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It seems like the kids are just getting out of school. Then I blink, and we are getting ready for back-to-school. You can’t ignore it. Stores are pulling out new crayons and pencils before the kids even get out of school for summer break.
Our family is so excited for summer, I try not to stress about the back- to- school shopping until a couple of weeks before the school year starts. I know you are in the same boat I am in. Don’t stress! Here is this busy mom’s guide for simple back-to-school shopping.
- Make a list – First thing we do is sit down and make a list of what each kid needs. Those teachers are quick to give out the supply lists. Make sure to include things like clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.
- See what you already have – A lot of parents just go out and buy everything new. STOP! Take a minute to go through your house and see what you already have. It may surprise you.
- Tax free days – Take advantage of your state’s tax free back-to-school holiday, if it has one. Every little bit helps.
- Don’t over-shop – The kids will be bringing lists home after school starts, plus they always need new supplies and clothes when seasons change and as they grow. Don’t over-shop right off the bat. Buy only what you NEED for the first month of school. There will be plenty of time to go back to the store later.
- Stock-up on essentials – When you see those back-to-school sales in full swing, it is time to stock up on essentials for the year. You will find rock-bottom prices on crayons, notebook paper, pencils, antibacterial wipes, and other back-to-school essentials.
- Stock-up your medicine cabinet – Kids go back to school and the first thing they bring home is germs. It is inevitable. Stock-up your medicine cabinet with tissues, Children’s Advil®, Children’s Dimetapp®, Children’s Robitussin®, and a good quality thermometer. They will get used, trust me. Head to the Sick just got real.TM Facebook Page for some great tips and money-saving coupons to help you and your kids during the new school year.
- Get the kids involved – It is summer vacation, after all. Get the kids involved in the planning and the shopping for the school supplies. They will love spending time with you and they will be pumped for the new school year if they get to pick out some of their school supplies.
Trust me, this busy mom knows how stressful getting ready for back-to-school can be. You’ve got this. Pick up those lists, get those schedules, and enjoy your kids. Just remember that these tips can see you through another hectic back-to-school shopping season with ease.