Whether your child is in first grade or tenth grade, back to school shopping must-haves are an important part of back to school activities. Any child will need a back to school shopping list, even if they have already made their back to school supplies purchases. Regardless of what age your children are, there is a back to school shopping list and many other must-haves listed below. It’s at the very end of the shopping list.
* School supply store coupons are important back to school supplies items. You can also use these coupons when you go shopping for classroom furnishings, desk supplies, art supplies, and many other classroom necessities. Some online sites offer free shopping coupons, so use them. Some websites also offer weekly and monthly newsletters that keep parents abreast of what new classroom furnishings, accessories, art supplies, and more are available.
* School snack time is one of the best times for parents to talk with children about back to school snacking and make shopping for school supplies easier. When children are allowed to go shopping for supplies during a shopping break, parents can ask questions about what kinds of snacks they would like to bring, how much sugar is in each snack, and which brands of snacks might be best. You don’t have to worry about what to buy. The snacks are ready.
* Need help finding appliances for back to school? Check out Dollar General for several great deals. They offer free home delivery on selected in-store items and some of their in-home appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators have a built-in microwave functionality. Other kitchen appliance brands like LG know people often need help finding paper products, so they offer special gifts with in-store purchase for extra convenience. These include a free-rolling notebook or pen set.
* If you’re not buying anything else but just stocking up on back-to-school supplies, try adding a few essentials to your list. A basic travel planner makes sure you have everything needed to manage your day and avoid last minute scrambling for supplies. Also, stock up on tissues, a roll of index cards, and pens to take notes. Last but not least, get to the supplies store early to snag the best deals and possibly find an item you didn’t expect to find!
* Take a minute to make a shopping list for the entire family. The shopping list doesn’t have to include exact prices but it should include the basic household staples. Stock up on toilet paper, tissue, binder clips, pencils, large sticky notes, highlighters, a small leather backpack, and more. Shopping lists can vary but start with this, and add to it as you go through your shopping list.
* If you find you have several weeks until the new year begins, you’ll have plenty of time to shop around for back-to-school shopping supplies. In fact, it’s recommended you do some shopping even if you’re only going to be out for one day. You never know when you’ll stumble across the perfect item that will be a perfect addition to your new school supplies. For example, one of my friends actually brought home a magnetic whiteboard to use at home once the shopping was done because it was the perfect item to help her memorize everything for her science class.
Finally, the key to a great shopping trip is taking time to pick out the supplies you really need. If you’re going to make a trip to the mall, take the time to decide what exactly you want to buy ahead of time. Take a friend along too; they can help you pick out the right items so that you both can enjoy your back-to-school shopping experience.