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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back To School Shopping List and Tips

It's Back To School Month. 

August is back to school month. That means soon summer vacation will be coming to an end. Families with school-age children are expected to spend around $634.78 on such things as apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics in 2013, down from $688.62 during the season last year.

Jill Soltau, Shopko president and chief merchandising officer says, "Parents who wait until right before school starts can face a very limited selection and even find that some items will be sold out." That said, waiting until the official school supply list is provided by the teacher may mean settling for what prices are available at local stores. This can be a downer for families who are dependant on price reductions during back to school sales season happening right now.

I'm looking at the "Invitee Interest List" on Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social  web application and I can easily see what schools my teen and college age nephews and nieces are attending this year as well as their part-time employers and job descriptions. From there I can write a more compatible list of school,  office supplies, clothing and gear they will likely need this year.

 When shopping online I like to look for free shipping offers, bulk discounts and compare local prices to those found online. I usually save at least 30% off when compared to sales prices at local stores. The store categories at provide quick access to some of the cheapest priced school and office supplies available as well as drastically reduced prices on clothing, plus free shipping.]

Back To School Shopping List and Tips

Prepare a budget and shopping list. Start your shopping early in the month, early in the week and early and the day.
Back To School supply lists can be obtained online which include the following basic items:
 Washable markers
 No. 2 pencils
 Pencil sharpener
 Colored pencils
 Plastic folders or binder
 Blunt-tipped scissors
 Assorted construction paper
 Ruled notebook or pad

Back to School clothing basics include the following:

♦ Underwear — 10 pairs
♦ Socks — 10-14 pairs
♦ T-shirts — 6-10
♦ Sweaters/Sweatshirts=
♦ Pants
♦ Skirt and coordinating top and Dresses
♦ Shoes — 2 pairs. 
♦ Boots — 1 pair.  
♦ Coats — 1 fall 
♦ Hats, gloves, and scarves.

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