You can't miss it. Every retail establishment you enter is having a big "Back To School Sale." A statistic from the National Retail Federation stated that, "In summer 2010, parents spent over $20 billion on back to school items - and a further $33 billion on back to college gear!" It's no wonder that retail establishments are pushing their "Back to School" sales early each year to cash in on this goldmine!
When such great sales abound, you need a plan of action. Here's a quick guide to help you create an organized plan to ensure your child has everything they need to start their new school year in style.
- Most schools now provide parents with a list of supplies their children will need for the classroom. Review the school's list and avoid purchasing duplicates by taking stock of last year's supplies and immediately cross of any items you will not need. Just because it is a new year doesn’t mean everything has to be brand new, so utilize the items that survived the last school year! Now is also a great time to evaluate what supplies you do have and toss out broken pencils, dried out pens and markers and broken or ripped backpacks and lunch buckets.
- Next review your child's school clothes. Because children grow so fast, now is the perfect time to have your child try on last year's school outfits and donate worn-out or outgrown clothing and shoes. What may not fit your child any longer may be the perfect size for another child in need. Unless your child wears a school uniform, add what clothing items you will need on your school supplies list.
- Now that you have created a back to school master supply list, be sure to carry this list with you at all times to take advantage of any great bargains you come may come across. Weekly circulars should become your best friend to pinpoint which establishment has the best deals all around for everything you need and plan your shopping accordingly.
- Take advantage of sales and stock up on school items your family uses the most, including notebooks, reams of paper, glue, etc. Keep these items neatly stored in a box or container on a shelf in your office or child's closet. Everything seems to be a fraction of the cost now than it will be halfway through the school season, so stock up while you can!
- Teach your children the art of organization by purchasing a backpack which includes many interior organizing pockets. Discuss with them what items would fit best in each compartment and label them with a sharpie.
- To make it easy for your child to locate any misplaced items, be sure to label all costly school supplies and clothing items.
Avoid the last minute shopping rush and your child's frown as you pick through leftover supplies. Grab your list today and find your child's favorite supplies at the best price, which will surely bring a smile to your childs’ face and your wallet.