Back To School Shopping is Starting

It’s that time. Time for early mornings, a change in routine, time for school. Whether you are homeschooling, or sending your kids off each day this is a time of change for the house hold. getting ready can be a challenging task. There is so much to do in a very little time frame. And the expense! Trying to keep costs down can be a challenge in of it self.

So, how can you get it all done? I am a organization nut. I like to have everything set and ready before making a change. I have found not being prepared costs me more time and money than anything else.


1. Make a list of necessary supplies and curriculum.

You might not need everything right away, so it’s a good idea to make a check list and go through it regularly. Put due dates on time sensitive items so you don’t forget when they are needed by.

2. Look over any supplies you have from last year

Sometimes what you think you have left over doesn’t have enough life for another year. It is always good to know needs replacing, and what you can stretch further.

3. Cheaper is not always better

Sometimes we can be tempted to buy something cheaper at the dollar store, or a no name brand. While this is a way to save, not every “knock off” is really worth the trouble. If you are trying a new brand, try buying a small amount out before stocking up.

4. Don’t take the kids shopping with you!

There is so much marketing done to children these days. It is on the store shelves, and packaging. It is much harder to stay on budget when they are there begging for everything!

5. Take your time.

Shop around, look at flyers, just don’t rush. Keep all your receipts and look for price match guarantees. It’s amazing how much you can save on price matches.

School is stressful enough without adding the shopping stress! Back to school doesn’t have to be expensive. Just shop smart.


  1. Great tips! I always check the office supply stores because they have lots of back to school deals each week.
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  2. Great tips. I was able to get most supplies from my stockpile but still had to buy clothes and shoes.

  3. Kimberly R. says:

    I definitely agree with the point of not taking kids with you, you end up buying a lot of junk.

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