Back To School Checklist: Everything They Need For Less

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Don't forget a thing! This comprehensive back-to-school checklist will help make sure all your i's are dotted and t's crossed before your kids' first day back.  A lot of schools will have their own checklists specific to certain classes or teacher's preference, but it's always a good idea to get a jumpstart on the basics. 

Speaking of basics, it's probably no surprise to any of us that technology is playing an increasingly fundamental role in our children's education.  While this is inevitable, it can also mean big $$ when back-to-school shopping.  Here are some extra tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your budget and not spending any more than you have to:

  • Take Inventory:  Unless your kids are entering school for the first time, there's a good chance that you have at least some still-usable supplies that you can recycle from last year – this will allow you to prioritize and identify what supplies you really need.
  • Shop Savvy:  As mentioned above, technology is becoming standard for education and so are the supplies that accompany them (laptops, computers, storage and memory devices, etc..)  Avoid overpriced specialty stores and shop Kmart for the affordable technology and electronic essentials you need for a fraction of the price.
  • Make a List and Stick To It:  It's easy to spin out of control when confronted with all the back to school merchandise out there.  Follow the 2 tips above, then make a list before you leave the house to help you stay organized with your shopping and efficient with your spend. 

For your convenience, check out Kmart's helpful back-to-school checklist that you can print out as a resource when shopping for all of your back-to-school needs.  Click the link below to access a printable version of this checklist!






on Aug 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Yeah, I usually check to see what we still have left before purchasing what they need. Unless it is an amazing deal, I never buy more than one or 2 extras. I compare and contrast prices to see who has the most deals and try and do all my shopping in one place.

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on Aug 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I always buy more than I need so I always have some supplies left for the following year, inventory has been done and half the list tackled down. I still have to look for clothing items and some school supplies.

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on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

the best thing to do, is follow the back to school supply list, so you don't buy anything you don't need. And check at different stores, so you can compare prices.

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on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM
I think the list is helpful for high school age or whenever the school stops handing out a list. My son is young as the school has a specific list and I stuck to it.
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on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM
The list is a bit helpful. I'm already done with my oldest sons school clothes and supplies. I have to finish for my younger two.
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