Essentials for Back to School Shopping
Back to school shopping used to be fairly straight forward. You had to get pencils and paper and perhaps a notebook or two. These days, the supply list has grown quite a bit. Now you need everything short of a personal computer in their backpacks. With all these additions, it can be complicated knowing what the essentials for back to school shopping are anymore. Make sure you check out the Stockup Price list for school supplies (however I do suggest spending the extra money on buying an expensive backpack because they last so much longer) so you can stretch your bucks while you are doing your back to school shopping. Here are some guidelines to consider when you head out for back to school shopping. It helps to consider them in categories:
Things to write on
These are core supplies such as loose leaf notebook paper, binders, graph paper, post it notes, and notebooks. The kids will often need specific things, but the basics will generally remain the same. Look for deals on loose leaf paper and notebooks in particular throughout the year.
Things to write with
Again the list is typical but generally includes pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, crayons, colored pencils and plenty of erasers. These supplies are always necessary throughout the year and the teacher often welcomes extras if you are in a position to buy some. Many teachers have to supply their own classrooms and the expense can be quite high. Take some time to pick up a few extra things to make life easier for them if you can.
Generally you will want to wait on your back to school supply list to be sure you get the correct items, but these will include math calculators, compasses, protractors and various other rulers. There can be many other things added to this list, but these are the basics. This particular section can grow quite expensive, so make sure you buy from the official list your teacher releases rather than winging it.
There are countless back to school supplies possibilities on this list but some general thoughts include gym outfits, hand sanitizer, tissues, glue, glue sticks, tape, construction paper, paper clips, book covers, locker supplies, locks and various other fun type items to brighten their day at school. If kids enjoy dressing up their lockers, get them a mirror or little poster book to make it their own.
Something to carry it all in
Once you gather up all these back to school essentials, you will need a good gym bag or backpack to carry it all in. Spend some time picking one out that your child will actually take pride in. A good quality backpack will last a couple of years and kids tend to take better care of them when you get one they like. Spend the extra cash and invest in a quality item for this section so that you won’t have to rebuy it at the end of the year.
The essentials for back to school shopping seem to change every single school year so be sure to spend plenty of time reviewing the classroom list when it is released. This information can often be found online or directly from the student’s teacher. A back to school supplies list is standard fare as the school year approaches so you will have no problem located one.