Back to school shopping and preparation will be here before you know it! Between the clothes, the school supplies, and the rest of it, back to school preparation can be pretty chaotic. There are a few things you need to know to be prepared for back to school, and you’ll find them in this article!
1. Be a bargain shopper.
Going back to school involves a lot of shopping: clothes, school supplies, shoes, backpacks, etc. Being hit with all of these expenses at once can be pretty expensive and painful to your budget! There are so many ways to stick within your budget, you just have to know how! First, shop around before committing to a purchase. Check different stores to see where you’re really going to get the best bargain possible! You’ll also want to check ads in the paper, online, and in store. Some stores will price match too, so be aware of those that do so you can really get a bargain on your back to school shopping!
2. Have a plan for lunches.
Make sure you have a plan for lunches before the first day back so you’re not scrambling in the morning. If you’re going to supply lunches, have a lunchbox and all the necessary food to go with it. If you’re paying for school lunches, make sure to pay ahead or have a check written for your child to take to school.
3. Discuss and decide on transportation.
Is your child going to walk to school, ride the bus, or get a ride? It’s very important to decide as a family what feels best for you. Walking to school is something that can be intimidating and scary for some, so make sure if they are walking, that you feel safe enough to let them do so, and possibly provide them with a way to contact you in case of emergency. If they’re planning on riding the bus, make sure they know where the bus stop is, and how long it takes to get there so they won’t be late on the first day back to school!
4. Make sure all your bases are covered!
Make a list and check it twice! Seriously, this is important to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything! Make a list including all of the above and any other small details you think of throughout the summer. This way you can have it on hand when the time comes to be prepared and you can go down the list one by one and make sure everything gets checked off. This will ensure your preparation for going back to school!
What other things do you prepare for in regards to going back to school? Let me know in the comments below!