First day of school is just around the corner, and everyone is onto some last minute preparations for a brand new school year. While you’re at it, here are some tips that you can keep in mind as you shop for your kids’ school supplies.
Create an inventory of supplies
Crayons, scissors, sharpeners, and rulers—these things could last for more than one school year. Save yourself a good deal of money by creating an inventory of existing supplies. Check your child’s old school bag from the last school year and see what could be useful for another.
Make a checklist in advance
Save yourself some time and energy. It’s best to leave the house with a clear checklist in hand. That way, you’d know where you’re going, what you’re looking for, and how many of each item you’ll pick up.
Always choose quality
Think long term. Buy quality items that would last for more than just one school year. Think of it as an investment. The longer they last, the more money you’ll be able to save in the succeeding school years.
Label the supplies
There will most likely be tens of identical notebooks and pencils at school. Make sure you label your child’s school supplies with his or her name. Print out sticker labels or use a permanent marker. There are also special labeling devices that you can buy at bookstores or school supplies depots.
Give important reminders
Like our parents always told us, money doesn’t grow on trees. Now it’s your turn to remind your kids about the importance of responsibility. There’s no one way to do it, you can come up with creative rules and rewards that will encourage them to be responsible of their own belongings.
Like we said, school is just around the corner. And that also means we’re on the final days of summer vacations. When the kids head back to school, making family plans will get tricky.
Here’s a final tip on shopping for school supplies: pair it with a family staycation at Discovery Suites Manila. With several malls and shopping centers nearby, shopping is bliss. Plus, after a job well done, you deserve to relax and spend the final days of summer vacation with the whole family.