Back to school shopping can be stressful for parents for a number of reasons, ranging from crowded malls to energetic children accompanying the shopping trip, or the fear of overspending on school supplies.
John Bradshaw, Head of Marketing at Pick n Pay says that as the last weekend before schools reopen dawns, parents shouldn’t fear the experience – with some planning, it is possible to save both time and money.
John’s tips on how to shop smart for back-to-school supplies:
Don’t buy the box
Some schools offer a service where you can get your stationery requirements delivered in a box. While convenient, these are often more expensive than buying the individual items yourself. By taking the list and buying the stationery yourself, you can save hundreds of rands.
Pick your brands
Remember, sometimes a good private label brand from a supermarket will do the job just fine. Do your research and ensure you are getting good value for your purchases.
Think of the year ahead
January offers the best specials on stationery – a time when you need it most. If you can, try to buy all the stationery you will need for the year and take advantage of the great back-to-school specials.
#BeatTheBoomerangBlues and plan the lunch box
Avoid those frustrating boomerang lunches (when the lunch comes home again, untouched) by thinking ahead and creating varied healthy lunches that your kids will actually eat. There are many affordable, quick and easy recipes that allow parents to prep lunch boxes in advance to avoid morning rushes. Looking for inspiration? Visit the Pick n Pay Back to School website.
Instead of buying wrapping paper or covers for your children’s school books, encourage them to create their own covers if they’re allowed. This can be done by cutting out pictures from magazines and newspapers, or drawing their own designs. Not only will this let you cut back on spending, but it is also a fun activity to share with your children before school starts.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day.