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Lissa Pitney enjoys sharing tips on how to save money and how to be most efficient with our time and resources.
As summer draws to the end and the first day of school approaches, families start to feel the time crunch. Whether you are taking a last-minute vacation, working on projects around the house or just enjoying time with family and friends, there are many things you want, and need, to get done. One of those must-do tasks that many moms dread is shopping for back to school supplies and gear. However, if you are pro-active and follow these tips, you can get those needed supplies in a hurry—so you can get back to the business of enjoying those last few days of summer.
- Find out if your child’s school shares supply lists on the official website or through social media. This is becoming much more common and it offers an easy way you can pick up all needed supplies before the first day rush.
- Do not run all over town tracking down the best prices on basic supplies like pencils, notebooks and glue. Many large department stores offer price matching. Simply bring in an ad that shows the low prices and pick up all these basic supplies at one place.
- Shopping online can save you time—and money too! Many stores offer promo codes as well as tangible coupons. For example, you can often find a Kohls coupon that you can use on the website without ever leaving the house.
- Another option is to shop online with in-store pickup. You can choose your items online and then go pick them up in store. This saves you on shipping costs and since the items are ordered online, they will be there at the store ready for you to pick them up so you can avoid the lines and crowded school supply aisles.
- If you have the room to store them, do not be afraid to stock up on certain items. Pencils and notebooks are something your kids will need later in the year and you may prevent yourself from running out to the store later on if you tuck these away.
- Make it fun. With older kids, split up the list and see who can find the best deals. This takes the pressure off you and makes it a lot of fun for your kids too.
- For younger kids, speed things up by not giving them too many options. It can be hard for your children to decide between 20 different portfolios and 8 different types of mechanical pencils. Instead, offer just a couple of choices for each item. This way your child still gets to have control over his or her school supplies, but you do not run into the time-consuming, difficult decisions.
If you follow these tips, you can quickly purchase school supplies and make sure your kids are ready for school. This gives you more time to enjoy swimming, barbeques and days at the park—or whatever activities your family enjoys. What will you and your family do with the time you save on school supply shopping?