How Much is Back to School Shopping?
If you’re looking to stock up on school supplies and get a head start on your back to school shopping, now is the time to do it! Many stores are starting to release their sales, offering huge discounts that will make getting everything you need affordable and easy. Whether you’re looking for notebooks or stationery, backpacks or even school shoes, you’ll find everything you need at prices you can really afford in this article.
What do you need for your child's first day at school?
New notebooks, pencil boxes, and bagpacks for kids can be a little pricey. But you don't have to break your bank account just to prepare them. Here are some tips on how much you should spend on their school supplies and other essentials.
The New Bag
Students heading back to school will require a bag of supplies, which can become expensive. These days, parents have a wide variety of bags and backpacks that they can choose from for their children. Two popular choices are messenger bags and bookbags. A messenger bag comes with long straps that you wear over your shoulder. The more traditional bookbag has shorter straps that you carry on your back like a backpack.
Buying a brand new backpack, notebook, pen and pencils can get pretty expensive. A simple five-subject notebook can cost you at least $5. You’ll also need something to write with, which could be as much as $5 per piece of writing equipment. This means that back-to-school shopping can end up costing upwards of $200 depending on what your child needs. That’s a lot of cash!
Extra Pack of Pens
Extra pens are always a good idea, as they will help you take better notes in class. If you’re looking for a very basic set of back-to-school supplies, pencils and pens are a good place to start. A basic set of extra pens will be around $10-$15, while fancier options with coloured or metallic tips could easily cost more than $20. Pencil cases can cost anywhere from around $3-$10 depending on what features you want.
Getting the Basic Supplies Together
High-Quality Bag + Pencil Box : Picking out supplies for school can be fun—except when it comes time to buy a bag and a pencil box. These are considered basics in back-to-school shopping, but that doesn’t mean they should be low quality! If you invest in high-quality bags and boxes, your kids will use them all year round—instead of just during the school year.
While clothes and supplies may be your biggest expense when it comes to back-to-school shopping, don’t forget about what you’ll also need for treats. Plan some extra time into your schedule so you can run by a cookie shop or hit up a convenience store for bags of chips, pencils, and pens for your teacher gifts.
Just because it’s a new school year doesn’t mean you need to go broke buying supplies. With some clever couponing and bargain hunting, you can also keep your costs down while also keeping your sanity—and that means more money in your pocket. It’s time to prepare for school shopping!