Morgantown, W.Va.— Back-to-school time can be exciting for parents and students alike. With so many things to prepare for, shopping for school items might seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be, according to West Virginia University Extension Service experts.
David Roberts, WVU Extension agent for Lincoln and Boone counties, says it all starts with planning ahead.
“Gone are the days when all a student needed were a couple of notebooks and number two pencils,” said Roberts. “Fortunately, families can still take simple, yet effective steps to cut costs and be prepared for the school year.”
Start with a list.
“Most schools offer a ‘school supply shopping list’ for items students are expected to arrive with on the first day—but what those lists don’t say is that every item must be brand new,” said Roberts. “Assessing what you already have can help prevent getting caught up in the back-to-school rush and making expensive last-minute purchases.”
Roberts recommends families look at the suggested school supply shopping list and assess the supplies they already have on hand. Sometimes this means recycling gently used folders, backpacks and other items from older siblings or gathering pens, pencils and paper from the home office space.