Here in Nashville, school starts in just a little over two weeks. It is really hard to believe that the summer break is almost over! July always seems to fly by, and then suddenly we are thrust into schedules and homework again. Plus with all of the back to school shopping it can be a little overwhelming, financially and mentally. Today, I wanted to give you some tips for easing back into a schedule and getting ready for back to school shopping.
The one thing that I prioritize every year is getting our family back into a normal bedtime routine.
This can be especially difficult for those of us who are SAHM’s or teachers, as we have also been going to bed later and sleeping in as well. About two weeks before school starts back, I like to gradually scoot bedtime back to a reasonable hour. Then by the time we are starting back to school, we are ready for those early morning hours.
*A note: You have to be really intentional about getting back into a routine, because it can be easy to put it off and then struggle that first week back.
By far though, back to school shopping can be the most stressful part for me, because I am trying to budget all this extra money for school supplies and clothes.
I always struggle between just going to buy the stuff or waiting until tax free weekend, which can actually save you a good bit of money. Especially if you are buying big ticket items like computers and tablets.
So here is my number one rule for shopping on tax free weekend: Go EARLY on Friday morning. This way you miss quite a bit of the crowds. Most Walmart’s are open 24 hours or really early, so you can go at midnight if you want. I prefer a more reasonable hour, like say 6 or 7 am! Another plus of going that early is that you can leave your kids home sleeping while your husband gets ready for work. If you can at all avoid it, do not go shopping after Friday! It is sure to be crowded and chaotic!
Check with your school principal or PTO to see if you can go ahead and get a supply list now. By the time school starts, the supplies are pretty picked over. If your school has a Facebook page, check to see if the lists are uploaded there.
Here are some great deals on Amazon that can be disbursed between your children:
Walmart, Target, and Staples will usually be your best bet on the prices for crayons, colored pencils, and folders. But watch your grocery store ads because they sometimes have good deals too. At Target, you can order online and pick up in store for free, which is a great deal!
Finally, it’s time to get back on track with your meal planning!
You should read my article Meal Planning Tips and Tricks first and then check out my Recipe Index to get some ideas on easy meals. I will be back to posting my weekly meal plan and deals the first week of school, so stay tuned for that!
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