Lesson Plan on School Supplies

Pencils, pens, notebooks and crayons can add up for parents facing economic woes as their children head back to classes. Here are some tips for trimming costs.

Shopping smart means purchasing enough to last the school year...

Shopping smart means purchasing enough to last the school year...

It’s that time of year again, and parents facing economic hardship might not be too excited about the expenses that come with the back-to-school season. Some are putting off the purchase of buying school supplies until the absolute last minute.

Early or late, though, it pays to shop smart.

Many stores are having big back-to-school sale, with notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, paper, are on sale for $1 or less. Shopping smart also means purchasing enough to last the school year, because the prices of these items generally increase after school has been in session for awhile.

Right now, notebooks are being sold for fifteen cents. A box of crayons can be had for 25 cents. You can get a pack of binder paper for 50 cents.

Are there even better deals?

Possibly — just remember that tough times have brought these great deals, so it’s a good time to stock up.

I recently spoke to parents of school-age children ranging from kindergarteners to high schoolers. I found it interesting that many of them had purchased new clothes for their kids as the new school year approached, while far fewer had bought supplies.

“I know they’re having or were having one cent sales, but I just thought we’d get my supplies when school started,” one youngster told me. His mother, Maria Stewart, said they were “waiting for the supply list when school starts.”

While some schools do not give supply list to the parents until school starts, many will give them to the stores to copy and give to their customers. If your child’s school did not provide such a list this year, ask them to do so for the next school year.

Elizabeth Johnson, a mother of three, said, that she had purchased most of the supplies her children will need for school.

“But I didn’t think to stock up for the year — I just bought what was needed,” she said. “Usually, I buy more when they run out, but I guess in these economic times it does make sense to stock up. I guess I’ll be going back to the stores.”

And if you are uncertain about the necessary supplies for the new school year, you can still buy the basics that are always needed: erasers, notebook, pencils, pens, paper, rulers, pocket dictionaries and thesauruses.

A smart way to shop is to start by making a list of what your child already has and move forward from there.

Shopping smart can help prevent those economic back-to-school blues.

Aba Ngissah is a writer for Carib Press

Photo by LA Beez

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