GreatSchools.org shared some great tips for smart back to school shopping, including to inventory and reuse supplies!!!!! Here are the top five:
Make a list and get your child involved.
Use the recommended or required supplies from your child’s school or teacher as a starting point. Sit down with your child and go over your list together. You’ll be teaching her how to get organized, a skill that applies to more than shopping.
Separate wants from needs.
Most school supplies don’t go out of style, and your child will happily use the unused pencils his older sister didn’t use BUT beware the power of trends. Try setting a budget for supplies as it will help your child set priorities & learn how to manage money.
Sort through last year’s supplies to see what is left over or can be reused. (Having trouble finding last year’s stuff? Resolve to set up a place to keep your school supplies together this year.)
Start early and look for bargains throughout the summer.
The best bargains are often available at back-to-school sales. Keeping your supply list in your car or purse or on your mobile device will help you shop for supplies as you do your other errands.
Buy basics in bulk.
You know you’ll need paper, pencils, glue sticks and notebooks. Dollar stores, warehouse and online vendors are great sources for buying these and other basics in bulk.
For the full list, head over to http://www.greatschools.org/back-to-school/supplies/292-10-tips-for-smart-shopping.gs