Well, summer has ended for my teenager and much as we want to extend her vacation, we all know, that can’t be done. I am a very busy mom and I need to squeeze in time to go to her school and facilitate the purchasing of books and notebooks and payment of school fees for the coming school year.
To avoid any hassle or hiccups along the way, here are tips to avoid any back-to-school hassles and ways to save money on school stuff:
- If you have enough vacation leave to spare or few hours from work to take off, then do everything you can do in school in one go like buy the school books and notebooks and pay the school fees.
- Pay the school fees in advance, and if possible and if the budget permits, pay the full school year’s fee. That way, you don’t have to keep coming back every month to settle the bill.
- Avail of any online payment offered by the school. My daughter’s school is quite up to date in terms of e-commerce. Their school website offers online payments so parents who cannot go to the school to pay personally can do so in the comforts of their homes or offices using the online payment system. The only caveat here is that you will have to pay the fees with your credit card. If you are the pay-in-cash kind of person then you will still have to make time to visit the school personally.
- Scout for old books from parents you know who have kids in the same school but are more senior. This will save you money from buying the new sets of full books. Ask around your colleagues and if they have friends who study in the same school as your kid. If the books used have not been revised then you may make a bargain by buying the second hand books at a lesser price considering their wear and tear condition.
- If you have time to spare during the weekend, cover your kids books and notebooks now so you don’t cram come school day.
- Prepare the uniforms weeks in advance. Press them and hang them in the closet.
- Shine the school shoes too in advance and keep them neatly stacked in the shoe rack. I don’t normally buy my daughter fancy shoes but something sturdy to last a full school year, and if we’re lucky, for another term. If the shoes are still well-maintained and usable, avoid buying new ones. Just shine them and probably have the soles stitch to reinforce durability that will make the shoes last another school term.
- Keep the socks bundled by pair to avoid searching last minute for misplaced or missing partner. This will save you time and the agony of searching for the missing sock.
- Clean the bags from unnecessary clutter and put their notebooks and books ready.
- If the pens, erasers, rulers and pencils are still usable from last year’s school supplies, then use it again. You will save a significant amount of money by not purchasing another set of unnecessary pens and pencils.
- Re-use old pencil cases. If they are fabric, just wash them and hang them dry. If they are plastic, clean with a wet and slightly soapy cloth and wipe then hang dry. Try to re-use whatever left over school supplies your kids have from the previous school year.
- Keep a time chart ready for your kids to fill up once they have their roster. This will help you and your kids to manage your time wisely and stick to a regular study plan.
With all these tips in mind, I hope you and your kids will have a hassle-free back-to-school time.