Ready or Not….

Hi Soulies. Today I’m going to start my post off with a question.

What is one of the most stressful, not to mention expensive, times of the year for parents?

Nope, it’s not Christmas. πŸŽ„ (Thank goodness that’s still several months away).

No, it’s not birthdays. πŸŽ‚ (Although that can be stressful in more ways than one).

If you haven’t guess it yet, I’ll give you a hint.

It’s four little words that leave moms and dads groaning out loud as their paychecks practically fly out of their hands.

IT’S…

Yep, it’s that time of year again. And to make it even crazier (like we need that…), it’s tax free weekend as well. A chance to save money on all of those school necessities. Pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, colored pencils, etc.

It seems like with every year that passes by, the kids’ school lists get longer and longer. And more pricey.

And I’m not even talking about the price of clothing. 😱😱

For me, the most expensive items are the shoes. Now this is a tricky buy.

First off, you need something that will last. Most kids are hard on their shoes so a good pair is extremely important.

For another thing, your kid has to like them.

Lastly, they need to be affordable.

See what I mean? It’s tricky.

Next, you have backpacks.

Kids have so many books to carry around, having a good backpack that won’t rip or tear under the weight load is essential.

And I haven’t even mentioned the socks, underwear, shorts, pants, or shirts. And with girls, you have makeup, hair products, perfume. The list goes on and on.

So, with all this in mind, what’s the best thing to do?

For me, it’s all about research. You see, I have 3 teenagers to buy for (2 girls and 1 boy).

Several weeks ahead of time, I start checking out upcoming sales, finding coupons, “liking” the stores’ facebook pages, and joining their email lists. I also compares prices on a lot of items on the school supply lists. It is time consuming and more than a little nerve racking but on the BIG back-to-school shopping day, I’ve got a plan:

*A list of stores to get certain items cheaper. (Trust me, it helps to compare. For example, I had planned on going to my go-to store for school supplies but during my research, I found a place where nearly everything is cheaper-the same or better brands too!).

*Stacks of coupons for certain stores and items. Some are Buy 1, get 1 1/2 off+5%. And others are Save $10 on $75.00 (great for shoes).

*Online codes for even more saving. (Sometimes you can save more by stating home and shopping online, especially when you can get free shipping. And also, you don’t have to fight the crowds because you know there are going to be plenty of those…)

But even as prepared as I think I am, there are going to challenges and maybe even a headache and deep sighs of frustration coming my way.

After all, I am taking 3 teenagers shopping on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. If you have any tips or stories you’d like to share on back to school shopping, I’d love to hear them.

But in the meantime, πŸ™ for me…😳

About AmesGrace

I am a working wife, mother, and new author. In my free time, I love to read, write, and take pictures. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We do a lot of bike riding, playing sports, swimming, and watching movies.
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