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Back To School Supplies and Backpacks
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about back to school supplies. Some students have barely finished the latest school year, and here we are, already planning for the next school year.
Many times, the window where back to school supplies are on sale is fairly small. It seems like to get the best deals, you need to cram all of your shopping into seven to ten days, and that’s just not a valid plan for most people. For some families, the budget is so tight that buying these items can be a bit tough. It’s good to put together a plan so that you aren’t blowing a bunch of money, or having a large expense all at once.
While you may not get your school items list until a few short weeks before school starts, you can reasonably determine some of the items you will need, and try to find them ahead of time. If you have children in elementary school, it’s a good bet that you’ll need crayons, glue, markers, pencils and a backpack. Older students will likely need pens, pencils, notebook paper, and composition notebooks. You’ll want to begin by making a list. Make sure to include a paint smock or other art supplies, large boxes of tissues as well as small pocket packs to keep in backpacks and desks, erasers, and school supply boxes.
If your budget is limited, try setting aside a small amount of money each week. While you can hold this small amount until back to school supplies go on sale, you may find it easier to check places like dollar stores to see if you can find those items at already discounted prices. By doing it this way, you’ll have a good start on your back to school supplies, and won’t have to worry about stores running out of things. Not much is more frustrating than needing twelve spiral notebooks and having to go to three or four different stores to get them all because everyone else also needs twelve. Plus, if it comes down to it, you can dig into your back to school supply cache to make sure the kids have something to keep them occupied over the summer!
As you’re putting together your plan for obtaining all of your necessary back to school supplies, don’t forget essentials like gym shoes and clothes, bike locks, locker supplies like shelves and marker boards, and back to school clothes.
While it may seem a bit early to be starting, if you start sooner, the expense of buying back to school supplies won’t seem like it takes such a big chunk out of your wallet. While you’ll be spending the same amount over time, spreading it over several weeks is much easier than spending all of that money in one week.
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