As much as I have been trying to ignore it, school is approaching. My kids and I actually love school (I was even a teacher for a short while), but I’m not real big on all the shopping I have to do for it. Specific crayon boxes, only one type of folder (WITH prongs), and the crowds at the store all make me a little twitchy.

Unfortunately, it still has to be done and in my experience it’s better to take care of it early so that there are still some supplies left. We’ve put together a list here of how to get it all done with hopefully as little stress as possible.

Shop Local

Shopping local is always a good idea when you can manage it. Keeping dollars in our community means better roads, schools, and playgrounds. Who doesn’t love that? If you’re looking to shop local for your school supplies, Ramrock Resale Office Supplies is the place to go. They know what every public schools needs and are happy to assist you.

When You Have No Time

Three Northshore Parent Writers had babies this summer. I’m sure the last thing they want to do is use precious time they could be napping and spend it on shopping for school supplies. I’ve been there. Luckily for them, Target has introduced School List Assist.  This neat service has class lists for schools all over. With a few clicks you can select your school and then put the entire list right in your cart. You can edit your cart afterwards and even add some non-school essentials if you need to. This is a quick and easy method if you don’t have time to price check and go to multiple stores. Walmart offers a similar service on their site. Both sites also offer in-store pickup.

For the Money-Saving Mom

Some people just love a bargain–you know who you are. If nothing thrills you more than a good deal, then here are a few ideas:

  • Tax-Free Weekend. This year on August 3rd and 4th merchandise up to $2500 will be taxed at only 3%. This is a great time to stock up on school supplies, clothes, and any other items you’ll need for the upcoming school year.
  • Get Thrifty. Many of our area thrift stores are full of clothes that comply with uniform requirements. You know the kids are just going to ruin them anyway, so don’t spend a ton.
  • Northshore Mama–our favorite local bargain hunter will be sharing all the great deals she find from now until school starts. Check her website for the most up-to-date list.

For the Old-Fashioned Mom

Maybe you like shopping for school supplies. You look forward to helping your kids pick out their pencils and binders and don’t know why so many people avoid it like the plague. I mean, who doesn’t have fond memories of picking about their Lisa Frank trapper keeper? If that’s the case, here’s a list of what you need for our area schools–just print it out or save to your phone and go have fun!

I hope this helps all of you out there who are about to plunge back into the excitement of the school year. It’s busy and hectic but also a really fun time of year.

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Hi, I'm Katy. Mom to four sweet boys ages 10, 6, 6, and 5. It's a loud, messy, chaotic life. I love connecting with other parents and am so glad you stopped by today!

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