My daughter doesn't start school until September. However, for some families, the first day of school is just around the corner. Back-to-school shopping can be hectic but it doesn't have to be. Here are some ways to simplify back to school shopping with your kids.
Make a List
I may think I know everything I am going to purchase. However, without a list, I am bound to forget something. Parents should involve their children in the list making. In this way, kids can give their input. Parents can also discuss what they will and will not be buying. After all, it's probably better if your daughter knows she won't be purchasing those short-shorts prior to entering the store.
Set a Budget
Kids, especially teenagers, might want a pair of designer jeans just like their best friend's pair. This is why it is good to set a budget for your child. Parents can allocate money for clothing and supplies. This will set up clear guidelines before the back to school shopping starts.
During the first week of school, I have been to office supply stores and big-box stores. The stores are crowded and the inventory has been ransacked. The back to school shopping experience doesn't have to be so chaotic. Many stores have school supply sales in the summer. For example, there are penny days at Staples.
Stick to Basics
Older kids may have a style all of their own. However, it's important to pick up plenty of basics for your kids. I can never have enough black leggings and jeans. These clothes match with everything. In addition, neutral colored shirts are great for layering in the fall in winter. If you are limited in funds, having your child stick to three main colors will allow easy mixing and matching.
Looking through store circulars can help you get more bang for your buck. In addition, it can help you decide what to buy. Some circulars have money saving coupons and rebates. You can even look at some online.
Classroom Supply Lists
There are so many back to school supplies on the market. Scented markers and giant pencils may look fun. However, it's likely those items will be a distraction to your child and the rest of the class. Furthermore, things like art supplies may be supplied by your child's school. This is why it is good to get a supply list from your teacher. A lot of teachers and schools have websites with necessary supplies. Go to school-supply-list.com to find supply lists.