Is it really that time again? Where did the summer go? It’s time to start thinking about going back to school. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or college student you know going back to school is an adjustment from the summer.
If you have been in any store since the fourth of July you know back to school deals have been in your face. Some of you are like me and just finished the school year at the end of June. Retailers pressure you to buy way too early. Making you feel like you can’t pass up their deals. You do not need to fall into the trap!
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Back to School Sales
The back to school sales have already been in full swing! However, you need to approach the sales with caution. Not every “sale” is actually saving you money. Retailers love any excuse to call something a sale and get you spend the almighty dollar.
Going back to school with expensive sneakers and the newest technology gadget is not necessary. Save the money and use what you already have.
Parents: Does your child need a new lunch box? Last year’s lunch box is now outdated because you bought them a character lunch box they no longer care for.
Be savvy! Buy them a generic lunch box that can be used for years down the road. Children often lose items. Why spend more money on the expensive lunch box that has a chance of getting lost? Be on the safe side and buy a generic lunch box.
College Students: Remember back when you went shopping for your dorm room? Those items you purchased should last you all four years of college and beyond.
Just because you move from a dorm room with your roommate into a suite does not mean you need to change your whole room up. You are going to have to spend money on items for your kitchen and living room. Make do with what you have and get your money out of your original purchases.
Using a company like Ebates to do your back to school shopping will help you get the items you need and earn cash back while doing it. If you want you can sign up today and earn a free $10 credit.
Back to School Supplies
Wait it out! I went to Target before the fourth of July to pick up a few things for a party. Wow! Every year I feel like the retailer pushes out products earlier and earlier. Trust me as a teacher I know how hard it can be to not buy back to school supplies as soon as they are in those beautiful displays.
But I know better deals will come along. Retailers know once the back to school supplies are out and they slap a few “sale” signs on, we consumers are going to spend.
My strategy is to wait it out as long as possible. The longer I wait, the better of deals come. One of my favorite stores to wait to buy back to school supplies from is Staples. Staples always has savvy deals with so many items for under a $1.00.
Another strategy I use for back to school supplies is not to buy name brand items. In my opinion, a bottle of Target glue is the same as a bottle of Elmer’s glue and you will be getting it cheaper.
When the deals are cheap and under the cost you would spend at the dollar store, buy a few extra. My general rule of thumb: if it is cheaper than it would cost at the dollar store I buy it. The worst is when you need to go out and purchase more school supplies in the middle of the year and you have to pay full price.
I have a clear Sterilite container in our basement I use to store extra school supplies. Throughout the year you might need them to restock school supplies, work on a project, or give alongside a gift.
Back to School Tips 2017
The transition from summer back to school can be difficult if you are not prepared. Here are some ways to help!
- Sleep Schedule: Staying up late and sleeping in is no longer an option. In order to successfully prepare your body for the new school year, re-establishing your sleep pattern is key. According to the New York Times, children need around 8 to 11 hours of sleep a night. This might be an adjustment from the summer, but hopefully not too bad. Adults do not need as much as children, however it is important to maintain a sleep schedule.
- Establish a Routine: Done are the days of eating breakfast around noon. You were probably sleeping in too late causing you to eat breakfast late. Start a morning routine (shower, GET DRESSED, brush teeth, and make breakfast). This will help maintain a good routine in the upcoming weeks when you are waking up earlier.
- Get Organized: A majority of my summer is spent getting organized for the next school year. Even though I do this because I am a teacher, it will also help anyone looking to be more prepared for the next upcoming school year. Organization never hurt anyone. It will make you feel more systematic and efficient.
- Cash Back Apps: One cash back app that will put money back into your pocket as you shop for school lunches is Ibotta. Ibotta is great because it is simple to use and you get cash back on items that you purchase all the time. Sign up using our link and get $10.00 in cash back money already!
- Have Fun: It is the summer time. You need to soak in the sun and recharge. See family and friends you have a hard time seeing in the school year. Work out, take day trips, start a new hobby; do things that will make you feel recharged going into the next school year.
How do you prepare for the upcoming school year?
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