BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING MADE EASIER…
I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to divide and conquer the kids for “Back to School” shopping.
In the past, I’ve taken them together, only to wind up spending the better part of the ENTIRE day at the mall… or schlepping the streets of NYC finding the “perfect pair of skate shoes” (but that’s another story).
No, this year, it’s going to be a one-on-one experience for each. Easier for the kids. And of course for mom. Which brings me to another point. In our house, I have come to realize that aside from our back to school shopping in NYC one summer, hubby has never had this burden to bear.
Now, I say burden, as my son is an incredibly picky shoe and clothing shopper. He is extremely particular about how he wants his clothes and shoes to look. He has an idea in his head and that’s it. Hence, our schlepp in beautiful NYC. We trudged those city streets looking for Etnies (a skateboard shoe) in his little shoe size. A mission that was eventually successful, with the sidebar of “I peed my pants in the middle of NYC” courtesy of my daughter (she was young, we couldn’t find a washroom in time, etc.)
Well, next week, I’ll take my daughter to the mall. She’ll choose her shoes and her first day of school outfit and all will be well in the world. Easy.
The hard part will be the next week with the boy. Boy. Can this kid make me crazy! By the end of the day with him, I will probably know most of the shoe store employees by name. At all of the shoe stores. Yes, this kid not only cares about how the shoes look – he also cares about the soles! Sheesh.
But I have to say, even though dad has never been part of this annual shopping ritual, I wouldn’t trade it to him. In the end, I do enjoy spending the day with the kiddos this way. We get to chat about next years’ teacher, the kids in their class, what activities and clubs they want to join, all while eating an ice cream.
Bring it on. Can’t wait for you September.
3 Tips for Making Back to School Shopping a Little Easier:
1) Discuss what’s on the list even before you leave the house. This is a rule I generally follow no matter where we’re going. But, I’ve found in the excitement of back to school shopping, it’s necessary.
2) Once you have your clothes and supply list in hand, check the flyers before heading out. Your family may have favourite stores, but make sure you know who has the best deals/sales.
3) Shop at stores with price-match guarantees. For example, Staples will match prices from retail locations and websites, (you’ll need the competitor’s ad or other proof of a lower price for the same item). Don’t forget to use your apps for price checking as well. Checkout 51 and ShopSavvy are two of my favorites.