It really is “the most wonderful time of the year”.
Summer is in it’s last weeks (it’s actually already starting to cool down here in Vancouver), and the kids will soon be heading back to school. YAY!
I remember it well; wringing the last drops out of the summer, in preparation for back to school shopping of everything from school supplies to backpacks to back to school clothing.
The stress that accompanies the thought of getting back into a ‘routine’ that includes getting up at 7 am to prepare breakfasts and pack lunches is undeniable. But there’s also a certain amount of stress that comes with the thought of spending a small fortune on making sure that your kids have everything they need for the new school year.
That said, here are 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Back To School Stress.
- Do Your Shopping Early
I’m one of ‘those people’ who thrives under pressure, leaving just about every task til the last possible minute. But back to school shopping is no joke. I only had to learn that lesson one time, when I waited until the third week in August to take the kids shopping for school supplies.
We walked into the school supply aisle of our local Walmart, only to find it swarming with kids and parents there for the same reason we were. There were SO many people in that aisle, it felt like a swarm of bugs! Everyone was bumping into, and tripping over each other! And a lot of the supplies were out of stock because there were SO many people there at once.
I was so frustrated, that we ended up leaving without getting any school supplies. I don’t have the time or the patience for that nonsense. You won’t either. So do it in early August at the latest, and get it done with in peace.
2. Split up your shopping days.
Don’t try to do school supplies and clothing/backpacks/etc. on the same day, for two reasons;
1. it’s a shock to your wallet, and
2. it takes a ton of time that can be extremely frustrating to get through, especially if you have to take the kids with you.
Breaking up the shopping days by category is one of the best things I ever did as a back to school shopping parent.
3. Do it early in the day, rather than later
If your schedule allows you to do your back to school shopping earlier in the day (like when the stores open) as opposed to later (like when everyone else is off work), take advantage of that time.
There aren’t many things that I’ll wait until the evening to do if it requires that I head into a store to do it. Back to school shopping is no different.
When you do it in the morning, the stock is usually ‘fresh’, and there are very few other people there for the same task. You can take your kids with you, without the concern that you won’t be able to hear them over the voices of other kids and parents. It’s just a more peaceful experience all around to go earlier rather than later in the day.
4. Do it Online
This one’s a life saver.
If you can do your back to school shopping online (and this is 2018, why shouldn’t you?), DO IT.
It’s awesome to crack open a bottle of wine, and go through the kids list of necessary supplies, clicking everything they need to a digital shopping cart in pure peace. If you didn’t already know, this store has school supplies at insane prices. I learned this after that first trip to Walmart for school supplies 😉
5. Save Money with Discounts on Everything You Buy for Back to School
If you can get a discount on your back to school purchases, it can feel like you’ve won some kind of lottery 🙂
If you have more than one child (I have three), you can easily rack up hundreds of dollars spending on everything for back to school, even if you’re trying to stick to a budget. Which is why I use this store to shop online for everything, ESPECIALLY back to school stuff. I get cash back on everything I buy when I use this site to buy online, and I LOVE IT!
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