The school year has just ended. It feels like a very long time until the next one starts. This summer is going to be filled with vacations, time outdoors, lazy mornings and smores by the campfire.
All that sounds too good to be true. And I hate to say it but it IS too good to be true. This summer will pass by before you even are aware of it. You are going to look back and think “Where did the summer go?”
This list is going to help with that. So not only is it a lifesaver but it is a money saver as well. You can thank me later 🙂
- Save leftover unused school supplies from last year – I know my kids have come home every year with unused pencils, notebooks and folders. The chances of them needing them again next year are HUGE. I always go through what they bring home and save what can be used again the next year.
- Save supplies that can be reused – this includes scissors, rulers, pencil cases, backpacks, etc. Unless they are in bad condition they can all be reused. My children know that they will only get a new backpack every other year. I don’t think I have ever had a year where their backpack was so beat up it could not be used for another year.
- Print out supply lists from your school website – This saves a TON of time and energy. I have seen stores have pre-printed supply lists for various schools in the area but it never fails that the list I need is not there. So I end up waiting to buy the supplies until I can print the list anyway. If I print the lists that I need before I shop it saves me a ton of time and energy. I could just buy what I think I need but that is not rational. I would end up returning to the store anyway either to return what I don’t need or to purchase what I am missing. I am a firm believer in doing things the easiest way possible.
- Shop for supplies early – Stores start their supplies sales as early as mid July. This is often the time when supplies are at their cheapest. As the first day of school approaches, stores will typically not run their sales anymore or the supplies that you need will be out of stock. I have had it happen to me. It is not pretty….
- Shop all summer for secondhand school clothes – I absolutely LOVE secondhand stores and rummage sales. You can get a whole new wardrobe for your child at less than a third of the price. Many of the clothes that people sell or donate are like new. No one would know the difference. Except your piggy bank:)
- Shop the sales at stores that give you rewards – If secondhand clothing is not your thing, shop sales at stores that offer rewards. I personally LOVE the clearance rack where you can find sweatshirts, jeans, boots or any other winter items at HUGELY discounted prices at the beginning of summer. Your kids are going to need it the coming year so why not buy early? On top of it, many stores give you rewards on what you purchase. It is kinda like double dipping 🙂 I could go on and on about this but I will save it for another post! LOL
- Writing your child’s name on their supplies – My kids have always been super excited about getting their new supplies. They always want to help write their names. The last few years I have just let them. So what if I can’t read it very well? They can read it and will know that it is theirs. When they were younger, I would sit for HOURS writing their name on every pencil, crayon, colored pencil, you name it. If this is the case for you because your child is too young, getting an early head start would be less stressful. If you only did 1 box of crayons a night, they would still be done before the first day of school. I have also seen people who buy a stamp with their child’s name on it which I honestly think is AMAZING. Especially if you buy it for them when they are in kindergarten. I wish I had thought of it then!
- Schedule any doctor appointments now – If you know your child is going to need shots or needs a well child check-up for next year, you should call to schedule the appointment now. It typically takes 1-2 months at least to be seen for non-emergencies and you would probably get to choose the time of the appointment if you call early enough. That is a win-win in my book 🙂
That about sums it up guys! Do you do anything differently? Is there anything I am missing? Please feel free to leave a comment in the space below! I would love to hear from you!