Last year, our family spent a year in Atlanta for various work-related and family-related reasons. With this move came many changes, including a brand-new school. We were excited for them to make new friends and experience new teachers. What we didn’t realize was that the differences were not just in the people. Their school in Atlanta not only required my children to wear school uniforms, but they also supplied all school supplies. Yes. That’s right. Pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, crayons, markers. Everything. Last year, the only school supplies I had to buy were three backpacks for my three children.
I’ll be honest, though. I was relieved. But I was also disappointed. Because, you guys, there’s something about back-to-school that the nerdy part of me will always love. Fresh notebooks to open and start anew. Picking out pencil cases and lunch boxes that defined my personal style. The smells of newly sharpened pencils.
New fall clothing and shoes. And my favorite…the assignment notebook. The place to plan the entire year out.
Admittedly, things have changed now that I am the parent and not the student; now that I have a budget and can’t buy every single thing that catches my eye.
School starts in 5 weeks from today. Five weeks from today, my soon-to-be senior kindergartener, my soon-to-be-third grader and my soon-to-be-fourth grader will be walking down the halls of a new school. And I plan to make sure they have everything they need. Clearly, I am not new to this process, and even though I had a year off from back-to-school shopping last year, I tend to consider myself a bit of an expert.
When the lovely people at Zellers wanted to pick my brain about this time of year and find out what I do and what I don’t do when it comes to outfitting and gearing up my younglings, I jumped at the chance. I love school supplies, and I know what to splurge on and what to save on. For example, I goo backpack is SUPER important. Those kids shove tens of pounds of stuff into those things every day. They get tossed around. They get dropped. They get thrown. They need to hold up. I mean, there are ten months of school.
I have made lists. I have consulted the children and asked them what few things are really important to them. I have consulted my bank account and decided how much I plan to spend. I have revisited my lists. And I can’t wait to share them with you!! Make sure you come back here next week so I can share them to you!!!
What about you? What do you love best about back-to-school shopping? What do you like least?