Lisa @ School Family writes: Many schools help out somewhat by participating in organized kit programs (like those from SchoolKidz and EPI), and some teachers use the one-stop shopping list services provided by companies like Office Depot. Makes life so much easier for parents!
If your school or teacher isn’t participating in anything like this, here’s a case where procrastination can actually pay off. If you can wait just a week after school starts to do your big school supplies run, you can save yourself both money and pain: money because stores break out the discount racks after the kids go back to school, and pain because there’s nothing quite like the frustration of buying the wrong thing after waiting in long lines. By waiting that one week, you and your kids can get a better feel for what’s really wanted and needed this particular school year. Another good idea I heard from a friend with younger kids (who are readers)... they turn the list into a scavenger hunt around their house. Why buy new supplies if you already have some at home? The kids have fun with it, then they buy the stuff they didn't have around the house or left over from last year.
mommy77 writes: I like to start before the school year ends. for example you know your child is moving on find out the basic needs of the next grade or go by the school supply list if possible
you can ask a teacher for one or get them when the list are put out in the stores and keep it. during the school year or over the summer I buy school supplies and have them on hand just to have one less thing to worry about getting in the CROWD of school shoppers.....
ErinTM writes: Buy online!! It'll just arrive at your house in the mail; no hords of people to wade through :)