Make School Supply Shopping Easier
If you’re a parent with school-aged children, school supply shopping is an all too familiar headache. From long lines at the stores to being unable to find half the things on your list, this process can be stressful, to say the least. So here are few tips to make this year’s school supply shopping adventure much easier.
#1. The Early Bird…
The first step towards stress-free school supply shopping is to do it early. The earlier you can get the shopping done, the easier it will be. As soon as the school supply list becomes available, you should make every effort to get is done as soon as possible. This will save you from having to deal with the last-minute crowds (which tend to be filled with frazzled parents who just might be willing to box each other over the last 12-pack of markers).
#2. Map It Out
Tip two concerns destinations. Make sure you plan where you will be doing your school supply shopping. The best places are the ones that will have all of the items you need. This will save you from having to go to several different stores to finish your list and will probably save you some money in the process.
#3. Use Coupons
When you start your school supply shopping, look for manufacturer’s coupons. By seeking out coupons you can be sure that no matter where you do your school supply shopping, you’re going to get a deal. This saves you the trouble of hopping from store to store in search of a sale.
#4. A Rose By Any Other Name…
Though some of us dread the word, make use of generic brands when shopping for school supplies. When it comes to school supplies, the generic version of a product is just as good as the name brand. Besides, a pencil will always be a pencil no matter how much you pay for it.
#5. Use What You Have
If you really want to save money, make use of what you have. Make sure you start all of your school supply shopping right in your home. Remember last year when you bought a few extra items because they were on sale in a group? More likely than not, those supplies are stored somewhere in your home awaiting their rediscovery and eventual use.
#6. Don’t Overlook Cyberspace
While all of the tips given so far are great in practice, they can not quite compete with number six. Shopping online is as stress free as is gets. Not only can you find everything that you could possibly need but you also have the luxury of doing it right from the chair you are sitting in right now. While shopping for school supplies online means you have to order early enough to allow time for delivery, it also means you don’t have to deal with crowds and you can search for the best deals right from home.