X

Enter to win a FREE
Magnetight Mask
from Dr. Brandt!

*By entering to win, you agree to receive future emails from Dr. Brandt.

9 Back-To-School Shopping Tips For All You Over-Achieving Moms Freaking Out In July

Large Editorial Image


July 23, 2014

It is July 23 and stores already have their back-to-school displays set up. Really? In July??

I get that some children go back to school in August, but here in N.Y.C. summer vacay lasts until September. And yes, as a mom I need all the vacation I can get!

But alas, I know there are some over-achieving, type A moms out there who want to be super prepared and so, I compiled this list of must-know back-to-school shopping tips for you. Maybe your preparedness and organization can be an example to the rest of us who wait until the last minute.

1. You don’t have to get it all before school starts. No really, some items can wait. Why buy your kid markers, colored pencils and crayons, when the teacher only really needs him/her to have one? Plus, some items may even be cheaper after school starts.

2. Wait for a list. Lots of teachers will actually send home a list during the first days of school outlining exactly what items your child will need. Wait for the list! You’ll save yourself the annoyance of buying tons of things your child doesn’t need.

3. Incentivize some items. Shopping on a budget? Rather than splurge on everything on your child’s list, set aside a few items as rewards for good grades and/or good behavior. The backpack with the headphones jack? Sneakers that light up, spin and play music? These are prime example of “nice to haves” not essentials, so your child can earn them as a holiday gift.

4. Clothes and shoes can wait. Think about it–it’s still pretty warm when your child goes back to school, especially if he/she is starting in August. Sure, you can get them one special outfit to wear the first day, but no need to go crazy on fall clothes they probably won’t wear for another month or so. Plus, by waiting you can get the fall clothes when they’re on sale as retailers are trying to make room for the next season’s items.

5. Sign up for email alerts. I know, the last thing you want is more emails but emails often means coupons and discount codes, especially around back-to-school. If your inbox is already out of control, create a new email address just for retailer emails that you can search for special offers on items your child needs.

6. Buy in bulk–sometimes. There are some items you can’t have too many of–pencils, loose leaf paper, folders to keep everything organized. For these items, we suggest you buy in bulk during the prime back-to-school shopping season when you’re likely to find the best deals. That way you won’t have to restock over the course of the school year when the items aren’t on sale anymore.

7. Use price alerts. The beauty of starting your back-to-school shopping early? You can find out what items your kids want–Frozen backpack, Ninja Turtles lunch box–and put a price alert on it. Because you have extra time, you can track the price of hot ticket items over a few weeks to wait for the best deal.

8. Follow back-to-school hashtags. Not only will you get tips from other moms shopping, but retailers will also use these tags to promote back-to-school sales, deals and special offers. Some examples of hashtags to follow: #backtoschool #backtoschoolshopping #bts

9. Relax! This is obviously the most important. Going back to school after a fun summer is always a little nerve-wracking for your child, so the last thing you want to do is add unnecessary stress over pencils and notebooks. Plus, it’s supposed to be fun!

Be sure to check out Prince George’s birthday photos, our favorite new leggings and Jessica Alba’s perfect white tank.

 

Shop skip hop backpacks

More skip hop backpacks | 3 of 79 »

'Forma' Diaper Backpack by

Skip Hop

Buy Now

'Chelsea' Diaper Bag Backpack by

Skip Hop

Buy Now

SKIP*HOP® Forma Backpack Diaper Bag in Jet Black by

Skip Hop

Buy Now




  • How To Clean White Reebok Classics So They Look Brand New

    How To Clean White Reebok Classics So They Look Brand New

    Style

    today

  • Target's New Line Doesn’t Launch Until February But We Have All The Photos

    Target's New Line Doesn’t Launch Until February But We Have All The Photos

    today

  • The One Foundation Every Woman Over 30 Should Use, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Foundation Every Woman Over 30 Should Use, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    today

  • Once And For All, Here's The Right Way To Fold A T-Shirt #SheFindsSolutions

    Once And For All, Here's The Right Way To Fold A T-Shirt #SheFindsSolutions

    today

  • 7 Gorgeous Hair Trends Every Bride Will Want In 2018

    7 Gorgeous Hair Trends Every Bride Will Want In 2018

    Beauty

    today

  • CVS Casually Just Changed Its Entire Beauty Department

    CVS Casually Just Changed Its Entire Beauty Department

    Beauty

    today

  • Cure The Winter Blues With One Of These Colorful Faux Fur Coats

    Cure The Winter Blues With One Of These Colorful Faux Fur Coats

    Shop

    today

  • I Tried The Too Faced Glitter POP! Peel-Off Eyeliner -- And Here's What Happened

    I Tried The Too Faced Glitter POP! Peel-Off Eyeliner -- And Here's What Happened

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The Nordstrom x Something Navy Sale Is Finally Here--Get The 40% Discount Now!

    The Nordstrom x Something Navy Sale Is Finally Here--Get The 40% Discount Now!

    1 day

  • Will Ultra Violet Hair Be The Next Big Hair Trend Of 2018?

    Will Ultra Violet Hair Be The Next Big Hair Trend Of 2018?

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Here's Where To Buy MAC's Discontinued Uninterrupted Eye Shadow

    Here's Where To Buy MAC's Discontinued Uninterrupted Eye Shadow

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Upgrade Your Wardrobe With A Stylish Twist Front Top

    Upgrade Your Wardrobe With A Stylish Twist Front Top

    Shop

    1 day

  • Nordstrom Just Put The Coolest Pair Of Black Leggings On Sale--Get A Pair ASAP!

    Nordstrom Just Put The Coolest Pair Of Black Leggings On Sale--Get A Pair ASAP!

    Style

    1 day

  • Every Woman Should Own A Pair Of These Amazing $18 Leggings From Old Navy

    Every Woman Should Own A Pair Of These Amazing $18 Leggings From Old Navy

    Shop

    1 day

  • 4 Trends You Should Start Wearing In 2018, According To Fashion Experts

    4 Trends You Should Start Wearing In 2018, According To Fashion Experts

    Style

    1 day

  • These Are The Best Collaborations You <em>Need</em> To Know About Now

    Rachel Roy Just Did The Best Thing Ever For Her Birthday

    Shop

    2 days

  • Target Casually Just Dropped A 50-Piece Collaboration This Morning

    Target Casually Just Dropped A 50-Piece Collaboration This Morning

    2 days

  • 6 Lazy-Girl Weight Loss Hacks to Lose 6 Pounds Quickly

    6 Lazy-Girl Weight Loss Hacks to Lose 6 Pounds Quickly

    3 days

  • These Are The Most Slimming Leggings Ever & They're On Sale

    These Are The Most Slimming Leggings Ever & They're On Sale

    3 days

  • The One Sneaker Everyone Will Be Wearing This Spring

    The One Sneaker Everyone Will Be Wearing This Spring

    3 days

  • We're Giving Away 100 Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age Defier Facial Masks #SampleSaturday

    We're Giving Away 100 Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age Defier Facial Masks #SampleSaturday

    Beauty

    4 days

  • DIY Face Masks For Acne-Prone Skin

    DIY Face Masks For Acne-Prone Skin

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Lush's BOGO Sale Is Happening Now & You Can't Miss These Deals!

    Lush's BOGO Sale Is Happening Now & You Can't Miss These Deals!

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Here's Where To Get A Pair Of Hunter Rain Boots For 50% Off

    Here's Where To Get A Pair Of Hunter Rain Boots For 50% Off

    Style

    4 days

  • Drop Everything--L.L. Bean's Always-Sold-Out Bean Boots Are On Sale Right Now #ThisNeverHappens

    Drop Everything--L.L. Bean's Always-Sold-Out Bean Boots Are On Sale Right Now #ThisNeverHappens

    Style

    4 days

  • Keep Your Kid On Track With The Smart Watch That Teaches Good Habits

    Keep Your Kid On Track With The Smart Watch That Teaches Good Habits

    4 days

  • Psst! Sole Society Just Put The Most Amazing Pair Of Suede Boots On Sale For Just $35

    Psst! Sole Society Just Put The Most Amazing Pair Of Suede Boots On Sale For Just $35

    Style

    4 days

  • Free Leggings at Forever 21 This Weekend? Yes, Please!

    Free Leggings at Forever 21 This Weekend? Yes, Please!

    4 days

  • Every Woman Should Own This $17 Top In Every Color (Yes, It's That Good)

    Every Woman Should Own This $17 Top In Every Color (Yes, It's That Good)

    Style

    4 days

  • These Amazingly Soft And Comfy Lounge Pants Are <em>Better</em> Than Leggings--Yes, Really!

    These Amazingly Soft And Comfy Lounge Pants Are Better Than Leggings--Yes, Really!

    Style

    4 days

  • This Cozy $29 Sweater Keeps Selling Out--Get Yours Here Before It's Gone (Again)

    This Cozy $29 Sweater Keeps Selling Out--Get Yours Here Before It's Gone (Again)

    Style

    4 days

  • The One Concealer Mistake You Need To Stop Making, According To A Makeup Artist

    The One Concealer Mistake You Need To Stop Making, According To A Makeup Artist

    Beauty

    today

  • 5 Cheap Drugstore Products Dermatologists Swear By For Acne That Actually Work

    5 Cheap Drugstore Products Dermatologists Swear By For Acne That Actually Work

    Beauty

    today

  • Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Welcome Baby #3 Via Surrogate!

    Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Welcome Baby #3 Via Surrogate!

    Celebrity

    today

  • Kendall Jenner Might Have Gotten Plastic Surgery… And She Looks JUST Like Kylie Now!

    Kendall Jenner Might Have Gotten Plastic Surgery… And She Looks JUST Like Kylie Now!

    Celebrity

    1 day

  • 4 Supplements You Should Take For Thinning Hair, According To Dermatologists

    4 Supplements You Should Take For Thinning Hair, According To Dermatologists

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The One Ingredient You Should Be Using For Dry Skin And Nails, According To Experts

    The One Ingredient You Should Be Using For Dry Skin And Nails, According To Experts

    Beauty

    1 day

  • 5 Cheap Products Dermatologists Swear By To Get Rid Of Blackheads

    5 Cheap Products Dermatologists Swear By To Get Rid Of Blackheads

    Beauty

    1 day

  • 4 Drugstore Skincare Products You Should Stop Using In 2018, According To A Dermatologist

    4 Drugstore Skincare Products You Should Stop Using In 2018, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    1 day

  • The One Anti-Aging Moisturizer You Should Use Every Night, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Anti-Aging Moisturizer You Should Use Every Night, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Why You Shouldn’t Take Multiple Showers In One Day (Say It Ain't So!)

    Why You Shouldn’t Take Multiple Showers In One Day (Say It Ain't So!)

    Beauty

    1 day

  • Are You Applying Your Foundation Wrong? Here Are Some Common Mistakes

    Are You Applying Your Foundation Wrong? Here Are Some Common Mistakes

    Beauty

    2 days

  • The One Conditioner You Should Stop Using, According To Dermatologists

    The One Conditioner You Should Stop Using, According To Dermatologists

    Beauty

    2 days

  • The One Anti-Aging Moisturizer You Should Stop Using, According To Dermatologists

    The One Anti-Aging Moisturizer You Should Stop Using, According To Dermatologists

    Beauty

    3 days

  • The One Cleanser You Should Stop Using, According To Dermatologists

    The One Cleanser You Should Stop Using, According To Dermatologists

    Beauty

    4 days

  • 5 Vitamins Dermatologists Swear By For Sagging Skin

    5 Vitamins Dermatologists Swear By For Sagging Skin

    Beauty

    4 days

  • We Found The Best Workout Leggings Under $20, So You Can Stop Looking!

    We Found The Best Workout Leggings Under $20, So You Can Stop Looking!

    Style

    4 days

  • Grab These Amazing Bluetooth Speakers Shoppers Love For Just $29 Today

    Grab These Amazing Bluetooth Speakers Shoppers Love For Just $29 Today

    Shop

    4 days

  • This Is The Worst Product You Can Use To Get Rid Of Pimples, According To A Dermatologist

    This Is The Worst Product You Can Use To Get Rid Of Pimples, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Order A Pair Of These Bestselling, Super Slimming Black Leggings From Nordstrom While They're On Sale

    Order A Pair Of These Super Slimming Black Leggings From Nordstrom While They're Still On Sale

    Style

    4 days

  • Have You Been Using The Wrong Deodorant?

    Have You Been Using The Wrong Deodorant?

    Beauty

    4 days

  • The Real Reason Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Got Divorced

    The Real Reason Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Got Divorced

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • I Tried The Static Nails That Are About To Be Everywhere

    I Tried The Static Nails That Are About To Be Everywhere

    Beauty

    4 days