4 tips for smart back-to-school shopping!

All, Preferred Movement     by Stacy Lochtefeld

Start your back-to-school shopping with a game plan. Even if your child’s teacher hasn’t provided a list of school supplies, you can’t go wrong by sticking with the basics and taking advantage of back-to-school sales.

Make a list and get your child involved.
Use the recommended or required supplies from your child’s school or teacher as a starting point. If you don’t have a list yet, check with parents at your school who have older kids.

Separate wants from needs.
Most school supplies don’t go out of style, and your child will happily use the unsharpened pencils his older sister didn’t use. But as any parent with last year’s superhero notebook knows, beware the power of trends. Rather than getting into an argument with your older child about whether a backpack with headphones is essential because “everybody is getting one,” try setting a budget for supplies. It will help your child set priorities, learn how to manage money, and start saving his allowance for the items your budget won’t allow.

Take inventory.
Sort through last year’s supplies to see what is left over or can be reused. (Having trouble finding last year’s stuff? Resolve to set up a place to keep your school supplies together this year.)

Figure out when quality counts.
Leaky pens will cost you more in ruined clothes than some more expensive varieties. In the event that a strap or zipper breaks, a backpack with a warranty might be a good investment, even if it costs more.

OUR Home Family Resource Center was collecting school supplies for those families in need. OUR Home Family Resource Center is a family of programs, sharing a concern for strengthening individuals and families in Mercer County. The primary function of OUR Home is to provide a central entry point through which people in Mercer County can find and receive support during times of need. OUR Home is a Non-Profit Organization that provides support and services to income eligible residents of Mercer County. The programs of OUR Home include Family Crisis Network, Direct Services & Referral, Mercer County Help Me Grow, R.A.F.T. (Reaching & Assisting Families in Transition) and Mercer County Family & Children First Council. The Preferred Insurance Center Team was excited to help aide in their drive!

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