Back-to-school shopping list

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When to start back-to-school shopping?

It's never too early to start back-to-school shopping but ideally, you should start a few weeks before the new school year starts in your area. That way, you have time to return or exchange items that don't fit or your child doesn't like.

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What are the essentials?

As a rule of thumb, you should have these items on your back-to-school shopping list:
New shoes or boots. Make sure they have good arch support and fit well.
- The right supplies for the right grade level, whether it is first grade or high school. Ask your child about what is needed for their classes, and then buy those specific supplies.
- A new backpack to carry all of their supplies in comfort and style. This is usually not something that your child needs to pick out themselves; it’s more of a task for mom or dad to complete before the first day of school arrives!
- Check out our free back-to-school template to find out the other items!

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How to Find the Best Back-to-School Deals?

The first thing you need to know is that the best back-to-school shopping deals are not always at big box stores. Bookmark these websites and use them as your go-to places for back-to-school supplies, clothes, shoes and more.

The second thing you need to know is how to make the most of your money. Shop early in the season (usually before July), when goods are plentiful and prices are more affordable. This year, retailers began rolling out their back-to-school sales in June. If you wait too late, supplies and styles may be limited and higher priced.

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Common back-to-school mistakes

There are several common mistakes parents make when back-to-school shopping like buying too much, not considering their child's needs and personality. These parents are also tempted to buy things that they want but don't necessarily need, or items that the store is trying to get rid of because it has too many of them.

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Want to know more?

If you're looking for some cool school gadgets, consider these options to make your back-to-school shopping list easier.
1) The Amazon Dash is a wifi enabled button that allows you to order from amazon without having to go online. It's great for those moments when you realize at the last minute that you forgot something and need it right away!
2) The Google Home Mini lets you ask questions like "what's the weather?" or "are we out of milk?" with just a few words.
3) The Fitbit Alta HR is an activity tracker that can help motivate kids to move more throughout their day. It also has sleep tracking features to help regulate sleep cycles.
4) The Apple Watch with cellular connectivity so your child doesn't have to carry their phone around all day. You can view text messages, call mom, and even stream music on this watch!
5) A Tangle Teezer hairbrush helps tame hair in a snap and is gentle on delicate scalp skin.

To make back-to-school more pleasant for your child, help your child pack their backpack the night before. This will make them be more prepared and get to school on time.

You can also optimize your time by organizing a clothes swap or clothing donation box for younger kids so they don't have to worry about what clothing they have or what is trendy this year, but instead focus on building relationships with friends as well as learning new skills and having fun! Basically, plan ahead and let your kid have fun!

Stick to the plan

Now that you know more or less what to expect, it’s time you created your own back-to-school shopping list. Feel free to use our template and add what you think should also be on the list, as well as take off anything that you wouldn’t otherwise buy.

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