School is starting. Our local schools start on Monday, and many others have already been in session for a week or more. We’re also in the midst of our tax-free shopping days, where we can shop for clothing, school supplies, and more without paying sales tax on the items.
I like to take advantage of this time of year to stock up on some school supplies, and to get the kids some new clothes. This seems to surprise some people. Apparently, homeschooling means my kids can wear the same clothes year after year after year, and use the same broken crayons and colored pencil stubs from three years ago.
Single parents should definitely take advantage of this time of year to score some nice discounts on clothing, school supplies and more. If your area offers tax-free shopping days, make sure you take advantage of those as well. While it may not seem like much at first thought, the savings can really add up – and sometimes, every penny counts.
If you’re just starting your homeschool journey, you might be wondering if the same supplies you purchased for public school are what you need now. The answer is usually yes. You’ll want the typical supplies, such as:
- colored pencils
- paper (notebook, copy, graph, sketch, etc.)
Even if you aren’t sure what method you plan to use, or you feel something may not be necessary (folders, for example), it can’t hurt to pick up a few to have on hand. You never know when something may come in handy that you didn’t think you’d use.
Another good idea is to stock up and buy more than you think you’ll need. Buy two or three boxes of crayons (per kid, even), and several packs of paper. You’d be amazed sometimes how quickly you can go through that stuff – and if it turns out that you don’t use it all up like you thought you would, it’s not perishable, so you can always use it next year.
Clothes shopping can be good this time of year, too. New clothes are being put out, and the back to school sales can often offer steep discounts. It can also be a good way of ensuring that you check the kids clothes at least once a year to make sure that you’re weeding out the old, too small, too worn clothes and replenishing with new, fresher, better fitting clothes – particularly if you and your ex split clothing costs, this can help make it easier. You’ll have a set time of year to go over that, and there won’t be any argument over whether you “just did that a couple of months ago” if you do it at the beginning of every school year. If you have a friend or relative who can watch the kids, it can also be a good time to use the deals to try to get some clothing hidden away for Christmas presents, if you do that kind of thing.
Do you usually go back to school shopping? Or do you avoid it like the plague, since you don’t technically have to do it?