Does it feel like the back-to-school period is full of nothing but headaches and stress? Between making sure that your student has everything they need along with being prepared mentally to shift back into school mode is no easy task.
However, there are some ways which you can make this time much more pleasant. Below is a great guide to making sure your child has everything they need to head back to school.
It All Starts With a List
The best place to start is by sitting down with your children, given them some paper and something to write with and ask them to imagine their day to day activities during their classes. What stationery will they use? Do they need a special calculator? Will one teacher expect lots of colors to be used?
As they see the items they will use, ask them to write it all down on their list. Once you have their completed lists, collate it and combine it into one master list. While you are doing this, look for similar items which you can bunch together. For example, despite what your children might have you believe, they really don’t need their own colored notebooks, and simple black and white ones for all of them will be fine and much cheaper.
Don’t Stay Local
There will be some items which your local stationery store will be able to sell you at the best price. Then there will be many more items which they simply can’t beat some of the larger brands. With this in mind and armed with your list, check out stores like the Groupon Coupons page for Office Depot to grab yourself some deep discounts, along with any other stores in your area. Once you have found the best prices for all of your items, split the list into small lists which you will now take with you to those stores to make sure that you don’t forget anything.
Help Them to Learn
While you might not like to think about the idea, there will soon come a time when your youngster needs to undertake this activity by themselves. For this reason, get them involved in the process and show them the tricks and tips that you use to find the best prices. This is not only a great way to teach them the value of money and how to make the most of what you have, but it can also be a great basic math lesson.
For example, if your youngster is old enough, give them your master list and see what total price they can find. You might be surprised to find that they can save you even more money.
Getting your kids back to school is not an easy task to undertake. However, with these tips in mind, the process will run a whole lot smoother for everybody involved with your children starting the next school year on a positive and relaxed note.