If you’re like me then you’ve left back to school shopping not quite to the last minute but definitely until the very last weekend. At some point, when I get brave enough, this Saturday or Sunday I am going to head out to buy one to three of every single one of the items on this list graciously provided by my children’s school (yes, it does ask for a USB stick and 500 sheets of paper among many many other things!).
But while I am school supply shopping I will also be doing these three things and thought I’d share them with you.
1. Homework Basket.
It took me the first few years of sending my first born to school to figure out that the ridiculousness of sending her with a backpack full of shiny new school supplies only to realize on day one of homework that we didn’t have a single pencil or eraser in the house was easily solved by the Homework Basket.
When shopping for school supplies be sure to pick up a few extras and make a designated homework basket for your home. In our homework basket we keep:
- lined paper
- pencil crayons
- stickers (because everyone LOVES stickers!)
I also like to keep some crayons, extra pencils and printed worksheets I pull from Pinterest in there for the little ones who don’t actually have homework but want to participate too.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like every single day my kids need me to send money to school for something.
At the beginning of the year it’s for agendas and “class funds” and then it moves into field trips, crazy hair days, bake sales and book fairs. I’ve mentioned my weekly milk money tip before and when back to school shopping the same rule applies — when paying for your school supplies ask for cash back in small bills but mostly change. Then put this money in a designated jar in your kitchen and when “freeze day” rolls around you’ll just reach for your change instead of trying to figure out how to hit the ATM before the school bus comes.
3. Donate School Snacks To Your Local Food Bank.
For so many of us, Back-to-School shopping also means shopping for all of our kids’ favourite school snacks. But for others, sending kids to school with a lunch at all is a financial strain let alone being able to afford all of those individually wrapped snacks and treats our kids love so much.
When you’re picking up school lunch items this weekend please pick up a few extra boxes and donate them to your local food bank. Most grocery stores have donation bins right at the front door making it super easy.
I also like to include my children in choosing which items to donate. I explain what we’re doing, why it’s important than invite them to fill a grocery bag of their favourite school snacks. Then we donate the bag full of kid-friendly goodies by simply dropping the bag in the designated food bank bin.
I know a favourite snack or cookie placed with love (with in a late-for-work-sort-of-toss) in a lunchbox still brings a smile to my kids’ faces and with a simple donation when grocery shopping you can bring a smile to the faces a whole bunch of children!