When the single mom is struggling to get her assignments ready to hand in by the deadline, it’s nice to know that there is enough paper in the printer and a stapler available to hold the work together. But, when you have kids, you know how quickly the printer gets robbed of the copy paper for use when their creativity calls on them to draw. They also tend to forget to let you know when they need school supplies, and may end up borrowing yours. Keep extra on hand so that you always have what you need to have your own assignments ready to submit on time.
Find the Best Deals on Supplies for College
In the fall, when the kids go back to school, school supplies are usually at the lowest price. As you shop for the kids, make sure to have a list of your needed supplies, too. If you can afford to stock up, now is the time to do it. The supplies you’ll need probably won’t drop this low again until next fall.
Surprisingly, you can often get a better deal at the office supply store than you can at the discount stores on school supplies. Watch the ads, and rebate offers. Sign up for their email newsletters so that you don’t miss out on sales, especially if you’re looking for more expensive items like a computer, printer or storage.
The campus bookstore has school supplies for sale, but they are usually more expensive than purchases made off of the grounds. While a handy place to pick up emergency needs, each student will have to make the decision about whether having supplies that show off the school mascot is worth the extra price.
If the single mom is taking a course like photography or art, she may need special supplies that can’t be found in the discount or office supply stores. Special papers, brushes, fixatives and even camera film can be quite expensive. Suggest that the class get together and purchase the items in bulk, and you’ll be able to save a substantial amount of your education supplies budget.
When the single mom goes back to school, she’ll probably realize that she needs the same basic supplies that her young children need. To keep everything in one place and make transportation easier, start with a backpack or book bag. You’ll be carrying everything back and forth on a daily basis, without the benefit of a desk or locker to keep your items in.
Special items and supplies will be listed on the syllabus that is available in advance of the school term, but basic items each student should carry with them are:
- Pencil Sharpener
College students buy their own textbooks and often find that instead of taking copious notes, it’s often easier to write in the margins of the book or use a highlighter to mark important text. A small pack of sticky notes for extra notes and to use as bookmarks will also come in handy.
If you plan on doing homework outside of the home, pick up a small paperback dictionary and thesaurus and keep them in the backpack for when you need them.
Other items that are often needed for throughout the term include:
- Stapler and staples
- Copy paper
- Printer ink or toner
- Data Storage