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It’s almost time to go back to school. Whether it’s college, high school, middle school grade-school or kindergarten, you must go back. No seriously, you must go back. I am going to share some must-have items for students of all ages. And a stress-free way to get the back to school shopping done.
Moms, I know back to school shopping can stress you out. Watching the back to school commercial is stressful to me. When we were in Walmart last year we got the list. You know the list the teachers from the different schools have in the store. So you will know what he/she wants the student to bring. The list stressed me out too. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. You can get rid of all that anxiety and just order the back to school items for your kids online. I can imagine money is one of your biggest worries. But this is a cheaper and much less stressful way to get it all done without having to leave the comfort of your home.
My husband Oscar and I don’t have children of our own, so we decided to help the kids in our community. We enjoy donating back to school supplies. We donated items such as pencils, paper, pencil sharpeners, etc.. Last year we decided to give school supplies away every night after service. Our revival was in the last week of July, which is about 2 weeks before school starts here (where I live). It was so much fun last year that we decided to do it again this year. My sister and her husband and other members of our church helped us donate and pass out the items to the children. We gave away over 100 packs. We are putting together our packs as I write this post.
Here are the steps to take to have fun back to school shopping.
Don’t worry. That’s easy to say, but sometimes harder to do. If you are dreading back to school shopping it makes it not fun and hard. I’ll be honest with you. We don’t have kids. So we decided to shop for some of the kids in our community. Something I’ve learned is to just relax. You know, they say 80 percent of what we worry about never happens. Just relax, relate, release, (one of my teachers use to say, Mrs. Ray) and take a look at your kid’s list. The list of the schools is so long. That would definitely add to my stress level. So just break the list into “bite size pieces”. You know you can eat an elephant one bite at a time. Have your child to help break the list down.
Save ahead, having a small business has made me learn how to save for everything. The best saving I have done this year was actually from a pin I found on Pinterest. The way it works you save a penny a day.
So, day one put a penny in a jar bank
Day 1 = 1 penny
Day 2 = 2 pennies
I’m on Day 202 = 202 pennies or $2.02
Tomorrow I will put 203 = $2.03 in the jar
At the end of the year, I will have about $632.00(from pennies)! I thought this is pretty cool. You would have to plan ahead for this to work. But you know shopping is so much fun when you have plenty of money to spend.
Set a budget
If you have more than one child, decide how much you can afford to spend per child. Tell the child, for example, you have $175 to spend on back to school supplies. This price will not include a new computer, trust me… It will take more than that for the big ticket items. Allow them to manage their own shopping list.
I started doing this about 4 years ago. I love shopping, but Christmas shopping was stressing me OOOu-TTTT! So, if I can Christmas shop online, why not Back to School Shop online. Oh! Yea! I love sitting in my favorite comfortable chair, with a cup of green tea, watching tv and shopping. Well, you can shop online for back to school too!!! It’s sooo relaxing. Just imagine taking your child’s list and clicking buy now. Before you know it your shopping is done! Check to see how long it will take for your items to arrive. You want them to get to you before the first day of school. Not only can your buy back to school clothes/ uniform. But you can get school supplies online as well.
Decide to have fun
This is like don’t worry,(I know) but it works. I have decided to have fun! Just say… I’m going to get this shopping done and have fun doing it. Let your kids look online and use their back to school list to get the order ready. Make it a game. See who can find the best price.
Now Let’s Shop
What’s on your kid’s list? Hmm… a backpack, computer, notebooks, pencils. We usually give away school supplies at my church. We like to give away notebooks, paper, and pencils. This is the basic back to school things. Most college students (freshmen) will need a good computer, printer, and maybe even a great camera. Today I’m going to give you some great choices to select a great computer and some good cameras for a good price. Most of the times you get all of these commercials that are selling some really expensive items. But you can find some very reasonable and quality items online.
I repair computers and I get a lot of questions about the best computer to purchase for your child for back to school. My personal favorite computers are;
- Acer Aspire
What to look for in the best computer? Glad you asked. The best laptops to get if you are looking for a pc are one with at least 6 to 16 GB of random access memory. Random Access memory is the speed your computer will open programs. Get as much memory you can afford.
Most come with a hard drive of about 2 TB you can’t go wrong with that much space. Always back up your data. Even new hard drives can die. Sad, I know.
After you month of free antivirus make sure to go ahead and purchase it. So you won’t have to worry about viruses.
Most schools still recommend Microsoft Office. When you purchase your software the student version should work fine unless your teacher recommends a different version.
My personal favorite printers are:
I love Epson printers I have a color inkjet printer. It is very good and it has lasted a long time. I know most of the time the printer is not expensive the ink is. I recommend using generic ink. I have been using this ink for 5 years and have never had any trouble.
My other printer is a canon. I also use generic toner for this printer. The price is much better than buying the expensive kind.
If your major requires a camera, I recommend the DSLRs. I own a Nikon camera. It’s a good starter camera. But if your college student is majoring in graphic design and needs a really good camera. I would recommend a Canon DSLR. I recommended this kit to a client last year.
Pens and Pencils, Lead Pens
I loved my lead pen. Didn’t like using a regular pencil, so I always used a lead pencil in high school. Now, I only use ink. You can get a great supply of the “first computer”, (good old wooden #2 pencils).
3 ring binders with pockets
I find it amazing how many different things are needed for back to school. My niece and her husband have 5 kids and each one has their own list to make sure they have all that is needed for this new school year. What I really like and know will save time is the back to school kits. That’s right you can get a kit for the age of your child. There is a Kindergarten Classroom Supply pack, First and Second Grade Classroom Supply pack. Third through Fifth Grade Classroom Supply Pack. I love this on the Back to School Ultimate High School & College Bundle. This is the best way to get supplies and not have to walk all over the store putting things together from a list.
When I was in school backpacks were heavy any usually came in army green. Now they are light weight and very nice. Make sure the backpack is not over packed. There have been studies that too heavy backpack can cause back pain for children and college kids. I got excited looking at all the great styles. The price is very good for backpacks. Let your child choose their favorite Superhero!
Now it’s your turn – tell me what you’ve done to make back to school shopping fun. Leave your comments below.