Like a lot of families, Part of our back to school routine is shopping. E is starting school right after Labor Day and luckily, we have most of our back to school shopping done. Not only did we shop for the essentials like school supplies and clothing, We’re making sure to pick up items for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for school lunches as well. Have you started shopping? If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some tips for back to school shopping!
Tips for Back To School Shopping
Find your child’s class suggested supply list.
E’s school typically has a suggested supply list for each grade on her school’s website. If you can’t find your child’s list, Call the school directly to see if they have one. Having a list of suggested supplies helps parents beat that back to school shopping rush. I’m sure we’ve all had it happen to us where we’re scrambling for school supplies on the first day of school. You know, those supplies you didn’t know you were going to need. A suggested supply list helps you avoid this! If you don’t have a suggested supply list, purchase the basics like a backpack, pencils, and essential items.
Make your own list.
I make a long list of everything we need before school starts. Our list is a combination of suggested school supplies, clothing, groceries and other items we want to be sure we have before school begins. I break my list down by store and then by aisle to make shopping easier. Breaking down your list by store, item and aisle will help you save time when shopping.
Start back to school shopping early to ensure your kiddo is fully prepared on their first day of school. I start shopping at least a month before school starts. Like I mentioned above, I want to try my best to avoid that back to school rush!
Hold off on clothing.
Last year, I went a little crazy and bought a lot of fall and winter clothing at the beginning of the school year. This was a big mistake becasue we had unseasonably warm weather here in New Jersey. My suggestion would be to purchase a few outfits for back to school but hold off on buying too much. For those of you with older children, it’s best to hold off to see what’s going to be in style. It’s all about the latest trends for some teens! 😉
Buy in bulk!
We do a lot of shopping at Costco becasue buying in bulk means less trips to the store. Not only do I purchase back to school essentials there, I pick items that can be used for breakfast, school lunches and snacks for school lunches.
E is big on breakfast cereal so I made sure to stock up on her favorites like Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. With that being said, We always make sure to buy products with Box Tops for Education labels to help her school.
It’s important for us to be able to collect Box Tops because we know that money earned goes towards supplies and other needs that my daughter’s school and teachers have. The program is an easy way for our community to donate to our school without having to spend extra money.
Earning Box Tops is simple! All you have to do is purchase participating products, clip the Box Tops, and send the Box Tops to school with your child. We’re collecting ours in a jar this year and plan on sending them into school in a Ziploc bag. Our school earns cash for the things they need like books, school supplies, playground equipment, computers, etc. They’re also used towards student activities such as trips, books and our school’s “Fun Day”.
Golden Box Tops Challenge
We’re excited about the Golden Box Tops Challenge happening right now at Costco! When you purchase specially marked General Mills products at Costco, you receive 8 Box Tops plus you can enter to win an additional 100 eBoxTops with the Costco Golden Box Tops Challenge! There will be a code on the packaging that you can enter on www.costcoboxtops.com for the chance to win one of 3,000 BoxTops prize packs!
Do you collect Box Tops for your child’s school? What are some of your tips for back to school shopping?
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