How To Avoid Back To School Shopping Stress
by Shelly Hill
Back to school supply shopping can be a stressful time, however, if you plan ahead and come up with a game plan, you can lessen the stress for the entire family.
Here are some tips that worked well for my family over the years.
1. If you have more than one child, consider taking each child shopping on a different day. This will allow you to spend one on one quality time with each individual child. Make a day of it by planning some shopping time and then do a quick lunch. This is also a good time to discuss personal topics and safety issues with your child.
2. Plan ahead! Sit down with each child and come up with a list of school supplies that he or she will need. Break the list up into 2 categories.
Your first category should include school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, paper, book bags, book covers, etc.
Your second category should include clothing items such as jeans, tops, sneakers, gym clothes, underclothing, shoes and coats.
3. Set a budget. Let each child know before hand how much money you are budgeting for back to school supplies. It is important to teach children to stay within a budget. Hand the child some sales flyers from local stores and have them make a list of items that they are interested in. Take a calculator with you during your shopping trip and allow your child to keep track of the expenses.
4. Break Time. All children need a little break time during a full day of shopping. Let your child pick out a place to stop and eat lunch. Allow them a little unwind time to break up the day.
The trick to avoiding back to school shopping stress is to plan out your shopping trip ahead of time. Make a few lists, carry a few snacks, set a budget and be prepared.
About the Author:
Shelly Hill has been working from home in Direct Sales since 1989 and is a Manager with Tupperware. Shelly is a mother and grandmother living in Pennsylvania. You can visit Shelly online at www.workathomebusinessoptions.com or at my.tupperware.com/Ravish30