Teachers, you are in the same boat as the parents when it comes to back to school supplies. You are working with a budget, out of your own pocket and relying on parents to send their children to school with the items you itemized on the classroom back to school supplies list. There are ways you, too, can save money and time when getting ready to go back to the classroom for the new school year.
Online Shopping Saves You Time
You get a two-month break and we all know that you spend a portion of that time lesson planning and getting your classroom ready. What better way to help prevent teaching tasks from infringing upon your precious vacation than to shop online? It will save you the time and hassle of driving from store to store and from the time spent in the store.
Online sales will save you money too. Shopping online is very convenient. Items can even be shipped to the school to save you from carting everything in your car and having to carry it into your classroom. This applies not only to just before school starts but also throughout the school year. If you keep an inventory of your supplies, you will know when you are running out and have to re-order. Place an order online, pick it up at the store or have it shipped to you or the school.
It is always a good idea to pick up a few extras when you can for those struggling students whose parents cannot afford to get everything you requested on the classroom back to school supplies list.
Money Saving Tips
The school board, PTA and other community organizations may be purchasing back to school supplies. Coordinate with them in case you can place bulk orders and get more for your money. It will save all of you time and money.
Don’t forget about loyalty cards, teacher discounts office supply and craft stores offer.
Textbook companies even offer sales and discounts, especially for teachers. Find out which ones and use them to your money saving advantage!
May these tips help you with your back to school supplies shopping! We wish you a wonderful year ahead. Good luck!