Manage the Back to School Crowds while Shoppping

Why do so many parents wait until the last possible moment to buy all of the back to school supplies that their children need? Schools provide parents with a list of everything that they need to buy for their children, and that list usually comes with the forms that parents fill out for their child’s registration. With more than 6 week’s notice, why is it that so many stores are packed with crazed parents, grabbing whatever may be left to placate their children in the days prior to the first day of school? For whatever reason, many parents do put off buying their children’s back to school supplies, and if you fall in that category, there are still some things that you can to do learn how to manage the back to school crowds while shopping.

Unless there are fewer than 5 days left before your child’s first day of school, when the home room teachers ensure that they have all of the supplies that they were supposed to bring for the school year, you can purchase everything that you need over the Internet. If you do not have the list of supplies your child has, don’t worry, that information is also available over the Internet. Simply type your child’s school’s name, your city and your child’s grade, and you will see returns that provide you with the lists you need. There will also be lists and links to stores and websites of businesses that the school trusts, that carry all of the required supplies. Shop away from home in minutes, credit card in hand. Delivery is usually guaranteed within 5 to 7 business days.

You can purchase all of your child’s back to school supplies from any business supply store, like Business Depot or Office Depot. Dollar stores carry probably 80 to 90 percent of what a grade school student’s supplies’ list covers, and a great portion of a high school student’s supplies as well. Forgoing the top brand names and long lines and WalMart and other big box stores, a visit to the dollar stores in your neighborhood, either early in the morning or over the supper hour, will save you plenty of time and aspirin. So why bother with big line ups and crazed parents, crying and doting children and razzed employees, when you can sit at home and have everything delivered to your door?

If you do not have credit cards, or money in a PayPal account, you will probably not be able to shop online for your child’s back to school supplies. If you have to shop in person, you can go to one of the big box stores that are open 24 hours a day, at 2 or 3 in the morning on a Saturday or Sunday, if you are working. Go early in the morning, or really late at night and early in the week if you are not working, or if you are a stay at home parent.

Shopping for school supplies while most other parents are sleeping can surely cut down on the wait times and grabby hands. It also allows you first dibs on the sales if you go early in the morning on the first day of a back to school sale.