This post is Part 2 of 2 on a series on Back to School Organizing and School Supplies. View Part 1 (Back to School Supplies Inventory: How to Determine What You Have and What You Need) here.
Back to school doesn’t have to break the bank!
Here are three huge ways to stay on your homeschool budget when shopping for back to school supplies.
Step One: Take inventory of what you have! I talked about that in my Back to School Supply Inventory post! The printable associated with this post is no longer available (but will be part of a HUGE, NEW back to school resource coming late August!). Here’s a Periscope broadcast about how I use the “Taking Inventory” list that will be in the new resource!
Step Two: Create a shopping list. Think about the obvious back to school supplies (folders, paper, pencils) but also those not-so-obvious ones (busy activities for the toddler, supplies for field trip days). I’ve compiled an awesome list of items that you may need for your homeschool! More on that in a minute. Then, once you’re armed with that list, stick to it! You can shop confidently because you know what you have at home (see step one) and what you truly need.
Step Three: Shop at the Dollar Store! I know there are seasonal back to school supplies sales at the big box stores, but honestly? I prefer to get it all at once at the dollar store, and I’ll tell you why:
- Every thing is in one place at the dollar store (no need to run to multiple stores)
- No need to wait for a sale at the dollar store (yep, it’s all always a dollar!)
- You don’t have to deal with the crazy back to school supplies rush at those other stores during those sales (Iast year there was a line to go down the back to school aisles at my local Wal-Mart. No joke.)
- No need to “hope” that those other stores have what you’re looking for (last year I couldn’t even find what I was looking for because there were literally just piles and piles of stuff all over the back to school supplies section).
I figure that if I pay an extra 50 cents for my crayons this year because I go to the dollar store (instead of waiting for the annual back to school supplies sales) then it is totally worth it!! That 50 cents is worth my sanity, my time and my gasoline!
Get your ultimate Dollar Store Back to School Supplies Shopping List here!
Bonus: Here’s a Periscope broadcast of me demonstrating how to use the Dollar Store Back to School Supplies Shopping List, plus my back to school must-haves (all $1 at the Dollar Store)!
And don’t miss these two other posts on how to homeschool on the cheap: