Two Tips Tuesday – School Supply Shopping

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Hi ladies! Hope all of you are enjoying your Tuesday. It’s that time again for our Two Tips Tuesday. Today we are going to be talking about school. Not school itself, but the yearly pilgrimage to the stores to buy school supplies for the coming school year.

I was in Walmart on Saturday buying groceries and completely forgot that it was school supply shopping time. This time of the year when most everyone in the U.S. is trying to get their children ready to go back to school, the stores look like it’s Christmas Eve and everyone forgot to buy their presents, some also forgot their manners, and everybody looks like deer in headlights reading the list of all the supplies they need to get. Boy do I remember those days! I found it way more stressful than any other shopping time of the year. I felt so bad for some who seemed so lost and didn’t know where to begin.

I was in the craft aisle (where else would I be?-LOL!) and I came across a lady who looked so very desperate. She didn’t speak English well and was really struggling trying to figure out what was need on the list. Seeing her desperation and knowing what it felt like, I walked over to her to see if I could help her find what she needed. She told me she was so stressed and tired that she felt like she was going to pass out. We went over the list and I explained where she could find what she was looking for. She was so very grateful. I caught up with her again over by the school supplies and she had a smile on her face and thanked me again. I praise God that she was able to regain a little bit of encouragement to complete this task in front of her. Thinking about her struggles I felt I needed to let you ladies with young children know that there is an easier way to do this, which brings me to Tip #1.

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Tip #1 – Buy the basics ahead of time. Unless your child is starting Pre-K/kindergarten and you are not sure how all this works, you know that there are certain school supplies that the teachers request year after year. For example: wide-ruled paper, scissors, glue/glue sticks, rulers, pencils, crayons, pencil box, etc. Go through what you had left over from the year before and make a list of the things that you are missing or running low on and buy them when the FIRST sale on school supplies starts. Better yet, buy in bulk and keep a stock of the basics (which is what I did) that way you don’t have to worry about it for years! I know everybody likes to wait until the tax free days to buy everything but, the reality is exactly how much are you really saving on basic school supplies? You will get more bang for your buck when you use the tax free days to purchase the high priced items like school uniforms, backpacks, laptops, tablets, etc. Now, let’s go to tip #2 which is something that wasn’t around when I had to do school supply shopping but I think is well worth taking advantage of.

Tip #2 – Use the stores’ online websites to your advantage. Why not, purchase everything you need online and have it delivered to your home or purchase it online and pick it up in the store. Office Depot has free next day shipping on orders over $45 and also pick up in 1 hour. Walmart also has similar offers. You can take advantage of the sales without having to set a foot in the store. The value of your time, especially if you are a working mom, is worth so much more than spending 2 hours in a Walmart trying to figure out everything you need to get on the school supply list. By taking advantage of these offers, you can focus on getting the school uniforms and large purchases done without having to worry about doing everything at once.

I hope these tips help you in being able to enjoy the last bit of summer you have with your children before they are off to school again. Have a blessed day.

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