It is that time of the year again. Time to pick up new backpacks, lunchboxes, pencils — and more — all to get kids ready to go back to school. While we all want to do what we can to keep our budget in mind, it is also a great way to have some fun with your kids! They love checking out all of the supplies and getting the chance to help find the things they need. Moments like this are a big deal in the eyes of kids. As a mom, that matters so much to me!
So, when it came time for my own kids and I to shop, we headed to Target. You see, I am one of these “one stop for it all” types of shoppers. I find that my time (and money) is best spent by just making one stop to find all of the items we need. For my kids and I – that one place is Target!
We headed in, lists in hand, ready to see what we could find. Of course, the most IMPORTANT item on any kids’ back to school list is the backpack. That sets the tone for them for the entire year. My kids made a bee line to the Back to School department, past the crayons and more and zeroed on in finding that perfect one.
There were so many styles available for them — with one perfect for all of my kids (ages 5 – 9). They looked through all of them and found that PERFECT one!
Once they had those awesome backpacks in their hands, they wanted to find the lunchbox to go along with it! Once again, the selection they had was incredible and my kids had no problems finding the ones that worked for them!!
Once the top items were safely in the shopping cart, we tackled our list. I would tell the kids what to find and they would look around the store to find it. It was a great lesson for them to learn how to compare prices as we compared store brand prices to the name brands (which the store brands were almost always a better price). I even taught them how to compare sizes — is it better to buy 2 – 10 packs or just one 20 pack.
In fact, one thing that we were able to use as a learning example for my ten year old was poly folders. They had individual up & up brand folders priced at $0.50 each and then had a five pack priced at $30. I asked her to the math to determine which way was a better deal and she quickly learned that buying 5 single folders was much more cost effective. She just thought we were having fun, but mom was already getting that brain working and learning!! (I love it when you can slip in a lesson and they don’t realize it!!).
When we got home and put everything onto the table, the kids found those backpacks, took off the tags and immediately started checking out every pocket and zipper. They each were so excited to show me where they could put their cups and pencils. My oldest was excited to show me where her laptop would go and all of the hidden compartments she found once she sat down and looked through it. I still smile when I think of their excitement over something that seem so small to adults. A backpack. It truly made such a difference for them.
My kids and I had a great time shopping. We turned it into an event by hitting the Target Food Counter before we left – capping off a busy morning of shopping. Of course, I know that this day was about than school supplies. It was about having fun together. Adding all of those little items to our cart was such a big deal to them — and that is what matters most of all!