Back to school shopping can be overwhelming whether you are shopping for the student (grade school or college) or as the teacher. Here are 10 Back to School Shopping Tips anyone can find useful!
10 Back to School Shopping Tips
I am in charge for shopping for my husband’s back to school needs. I used to be a teacher before I took up blogging full time and understand that even shopping for school supplies as a teacher can be daunting especially when you add in everything you want to buy for classroom decorating purposes.
Get the school supply list from your school/classroom. No reason to buy something that is not even on the list.
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Make a list. After you have the school’s supply list, check your stockpile and leftover supplies from last year.Make a condensed list with just the items you need for this school year. Also keep in mind quantities. Some school/classroom lists have an amount that your student might go through rather quickly, such as crayons, so buy extra and store at home to replenish the backpack later in the school year.
Shop during the Tax Free Holiday. This is especially true if you are buying items like computers. Many retailers schedule their sales to coincide with the Tax Free holiday.
Check Thrift Stores. Check thrift stores for backpacks, lunchboxes, binders, and even teacher resources. Also thrift stores are a great place to find uniform basics and jeans.
Shop at the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree has tons of resources just for teachers. The teacher resources are cute. I also like that the Dollar Tree carries Disney and other character themed crayons and activity books for preschoolers.
Shop for all the Office/School Supplies you will need for the entire year. This is one time of year where coupons abound for supplies. You can find folders for a penny, crayons for a quarter, and copy paper for free.
Research your computer purchase. Make sure you research your computer purchase BEFORE the tax free holiday. What will your student be using the computer for? How much space will they need? Laptop, Netbook, regular PC. Read reviews on Cnet.com and other reputable computer websites.
Make one trip to shop at a store that price-matches. Walmart, Staples , Office Depot, and several other stores have price match policies. Why waste gas and time going all over? Shop smarter not harder.
Reuse Basics. It is not a rule that a pencil box can’t be reused the following year. Opt for plastic folders, dividers and binders instead of flimsy cardboard ones.
Have fun! Since the kids will be going back to school soon. Make the school shopping experience a fun one. Make a day of it by doing all the planning with your kids, have a picnic lunch at the park during the midday, do a “photoshoot” of all the clothes that were tried on, and cherish each moment.