Even with the many back-to-school sales happening right now, the countdown to September can be one of the most overwhelming time of the year for many parents. With the cost of new clothes and uniforms and finding the best of the best deals and savings on school supplies, shopping can be super stressful and exhausting.
According to a survey conducted by RetailMeNot, many parents will be avoiding the stress of in-store shopping this year, with 35 per cent of parents planning to shop online this back-to-school season.
But even with the convenience of shopping from home, parents still spend hours price comparing to get the best deals on the items they want.
“We know extra time is not a luxury that many parents have and 95 per cent of parents report that time and money are the biggest challenges during back to school shopping,” says Sara Skirboll, Shopping & Trends Expert for RetailMeNot.
According to the site, annually, Canadians spend an average of $507 during the back to school season. Forty five per cent parents spend between $100 to $250 on clothing/accessories and technology for their children, while 38 per cent spends between $50 to 100 on pencils, markers, binders and other classroom supplies.
But have you ever wondered if you’re buying too much? To help you keep your budget in check while gearing up your kids with all the necessities they need to kick off a successful school year ahead, we reached out to Rory McGuckin, director of education, at the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the ultimate back-to-school shopping list.
Ideal for grade 1 through grade 8, here’s what you’ll need to buy.
“Nothing beats a fresh new notebook at the start of the school year. Your child will no doubt go through more than a few of these throughout their educational journey so keep them coming!”
Shop it: $17, Amazon
2. A pencil case
“Keeps supplies including pencils, rulers, hole-punches, glue sticks and scissors in a designated space for easy access. Make sure it’s big enough to hold supplies but compact enough to keep in their desk and in their backpack.”
Canvas Pencil Case ,Multifunction Large Capacity Stationary Bag Makeup Cosmetic Pen Box with Zipper Travel Storage Organizer Holder
Shop it: $15, Walmart
“Because we all make mistakes.”
Shop it: $2, Amazon
“This ensures your little scholars’ lunch won’t get mixed up with their classmates.”
Shop it: $30, Amazon
“Whether your kid is measuring the circumference of a circle or finding the degree of an angle, a compass set is a necessity to succeed in geometry.”
Shop it: $12, Staples
“A great way for students to up the ante of their note-taking game.”
Shop it: $2 (originally $5), Amazon
“When jumping from Geography to English to Science, it’s important to stay organized. Binders are a great way to organize subjects, assignments and class handouts.”
Shop it: $30, Amazon
“From math equations to art creations, pencils are an essential part of every class. Pro-tip: Stock up on plenty of extras because you can never have too many pencils.”
Shop it: $13 (originally $17), Amazon
“Battery or manual, a sharp writing point can make it easier for your student to write and their teacher to grade.”
Shop it: $11, Amazon
“The most essential item to ensuring your student keeps all those new supplies in a designated and hopefully organized place.”
Shop it: $45, Sportchek
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