The countdown is on for the 2022 to 2023 school year. The past few school years have been a hectic one to say the least. With Covid, virtual learning, and hybrid learning, students had to learn how to adjust so many things and I think that the confirmation of a back-to-school in person this year is going to get them more excited than ever. Kids think about so many things when going back to school, like what friends they'll make this year, and what classes they will be taking but when it comes to back-to-school shopping, that’s usually parent territory. So what is back-to-school shopping exactly?
Some parents find it as only buying the necessities for the school year. New binders, notebooks, pens, and pencils. While others consider it a time to buy new clothes, new sneakers, and new backpacks, so when it comes to back-to-school shopping, where do you draw the line?
Based on your parenting style, you could either buy your child everything in the beginning of the school year or on an as-needed basis, but it’s completely up to you. Deciding what you want to include in back-to-school shopping and what counts as a necessity versus what isn't, is also a personal choice. For example, my sister-in-law considered a few things as necessities when back to school shopping for my nephew. She considered a new phone and iPad back to school shopping. But I saw that more as just general shopping. I didn’t see how it correlated with the school year. What’s the difference between getting a phone before the school year or in the summer? Her reasoning was she would need to keep in contact with my nephew at school and it was a perfect back-to-school item so she included that her back-to-school budget.
Growing up, my mom considered back-to-school shopping binders, notebooks and then a backpack. She would also buy us a few new pairs of shoes that she expected to last us throughout the school year. Now, that’s not to say that she didn’t buy us other things throughout the year, but she expected those big purchases to last us until it was time to buy again for the next year.
So there’s no handbook when it comes to back-to-school shopping but it’s important that as the parent you set the budget and you set the expectation. If you’re including a laptop in the back-to-school budget that’s completely fine. But if you think that’s more of a gift that you want to give your child on a holiday or birthday that’s also fine. My advice to you is to just draw out the budget and go over it with your child. We hope that you enjoy your back-to-school shopping let us know in the comments what you get!