Back to school shopping tips for parents

Back to school shopping tips for parents

The fear of overspending on school supplies, overcrowded malls, and energetic kids can cause back to school shopping mayhem for most parents. But with some careful planning, it’s not an experience that should be feared. Here are some tips on how you can save time and money!


How to handle back to school shopping like a pro

Skip the box

A lot of schools offer services where you can get all your kid’s stationary requirements in one box. He option definitely sounds convenient, but convenience often costs a pretty penny! You can save a lot of money when you purchase individual items yourself. Take the list of school supplies and shop around. You’ll save yourself a fair deal of money, and there’s arguably no better way to start a new year than that.


Pick and stick to certain brands

Although schools might recommend certain brands, you still have the freedom of sourcing cheaper options. A good private label from a supermarket will do the job just as well as the “top end” product. Make sure you’re getting the best possible value for your purchase by investing in a great brand.


Take advantage of the seasonal specials

January is the time of the year that sees the most specials on stationary. But even though Jan is the time when you’ll need it most, why not consider stocking up on the year’s supplies? Make sure you save as much by buying as much as you can during the special season.


Don’t forget about the lunchboxes

With each new year, your kid needs a fresh start, which includes a new lunchbox. Along with discounted stationary, most supermarkets offer discounted lunchbox products. Again, January is a great time of the year to invest in all the essentials you’ll need for the coming year.


Get creative

You don’t have to splurge on wrapping paper for your kid’s book covers. Encourage him or her to make their own if they’re allowed. Anything from old magazines to newspapers can be used to make something super creative and catchy. This helps you cut back on spending and also serves as a fun activity to share with your kids before the new school year starts.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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