One-Stop Back To School Shopping At Wal-Mart
September 28, 2014
I'm sorry, but I have to bring this up: Back to school. I KNOW. No one wants to talk about it, but there it is, looming ahead of us in just a few short weeks. Thankfully for me, schools in my neck of the woods aren't back in session until after Labor Day, though I know some parents across the country were scrambling in July to get stocked up for an August semester start.
My kids are young, 4 and 2, but they still have lengthy lists from pre-school and daycare of supplies they will need come September. I hear frustrating tales from friends with older kids about the lists- the very specific and detailed and long lists their kids come home with on the last
day of school in preparation for the next first
day of school. (And the wheels on the bus go round and round...)
Not only is it a total bummer to think about school while summer is still very much happening, who wants to slog through crowded aisles, trying to snag the last pack of crayons and elbowing the other parents in the backpack section? I have learned, the hard way, that online is your friend, my friends.
Toddle over to Walmart.com
, like me, and load that cart up with every little doo-dad your kid needs: Glue sticks, notebooks, folders, pens, pencils (are you bored yet?), erasers, markers, and loads more. I didn't say it would be fun, but at least you're doing it from the comfort of your own home, and with the minimal fuss that makes online shopping oh-so-appealing.
While you're busy conquering the list while sipping your coffee, toss in all of those extra things children need for school: A new backpack (and not just ANY backpack. It has to be the EXACT backpack
your kid has been lusting after.), lunchbox, a fresh pack of socks or barrettes, sneakers- heck, even a case of their favorite snack
, because, duh, Wal-Mart carries literally everything.
Have your haul delivered (free shipping on $50 or more, always) or pick it all up at your local store. The whole operation should take you far less time than it would to do it in person, plus it is infinitely easier and online is always fully stocked, while the stores might look like parental hurricanes have blown through them.
Parenting is one giant learning curve, but trust me, once you finally figure out how to dominate back to school, you will feel like you can handle anything those kids throw your way.