Back to school shopping is first assignment for students
For example, youngsters entering kindergarten at Bel burberry bags sale lflower Elementary in Mentor are expected to be equipped with multiple items before the first school bell rings.
Among them are seven glue sticks, Crayola markers and crayons, scissors, folders and a notebook.
Grand total? Approximately $40. And that figure jumps considerably for families with two or three school age children, especially those in upper grades where tech gear is mandated.
To keep costs down, Kovach salvages some supplies so the same item need not be purchased multiples times. For example, she’ll pay extra for sturdy book bags that hold up for several years .
Like Kovach, Amy Beskid of Mentor seems to know the ropes of the annual routine. Shopping for three children taught her not to wait until the last minute but to get to stores early “while their bins are full,” she said.
She also purchases items sporadically rather than dedicating one specific day to the supply hunt.
“When it’s not your first rodeo, you know what you’re doing,” she said. “You pick things up along the way.”
Beskid mentioned an alternative option to traditional supply shopping made possible by company and school partnerships.
For example, through Staples SchoolKidz program, all supplies needed by a child are bundled in a single neat package and delivered to schools, ready to be picked up by parents.
The set price may be a bit higher than if products were bought separately, but convenience is a huge advantage, Beskid said.
Also, some companies offer monetary bonuses to schools participating in such programs.
Nowadays, stores seem to be doing t burberry bags sale heir best to make supply shopping easier as well as increase sales.
What some years ago were a few aisles lined with packs of paper and pens have been replaced by large sections of store space dedicated entirely to hundreds of different supplies.
Also, if lists are inadvertently left at home or last minute decisions to shop are made, lists from area schools are available.
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Kelly Drinkwater has tau burberry bags sale ght first grade for 14 years. Her lists are specific because over the years, she’s learned what products work best.
“I try and go as cheap as I can but sometimes you can’t because they just don’t work the same,” she said. “Parents don’t realize their children are in school for 100 some days and they use these things . (school) is almost like a home away from home and so really what I see is we’re not just asking for this, there’s a purpose to benefit their child.”