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Back To School Checklist: Everything They Need For Less
August 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Don't forget a thing! This comprehensive back-to-school checklist will help make sure all your i's are dotted and t's crossed before your kids’ first day back.  A lot of schools will have their own checklists specific to certain classes or teacher’s preference, but it’s always a good idea to get a jumpstart on the basics.  
Speaking of basics, it’s probably no surprise to any of us that technology is playing an increasingly fundamental role in our children’s education.  While this is inevitable, it can also mean big $$ when back-to-school shopping.  Here are some extra tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your budget and not spending any more than you have to:

  • Take Inventory:  Unless your kids are entering school for the first time, there’s a good chance that you have at least some still-usable supplies that you can recycle from last year – this will allow you to prioritize and identify what supplies you really need.
  • Shop Savvy:  As mentioned above, technology is becoming standard for education and so are the supplies that accompany them (laptops, computers, storage and memory devices, etc..)  Avoid overpriced specialty stores and shop Kmart for the affordable technology and electronic essentials you need for a fraction of the price.
  • Make a List and Stick To It:  It’s easy to spin out of control when confronted with all the back to school merchandise out there.  Follow the 2 tips above, then make a list before you leave the house to help you stay organized with your shopping and efficient with your spend.  

For your convenience, check out Kmart’s helpful back-to-school checklist that you can print out as a resource when shopping for all of your back-to-school needs.  Click the link below to access a printable version of this checklist!

Kmart's Back-To-School Checklist

Shop All Back To School at Kmart!



  • Juniper53098
    August 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    We get a list from the school.  It is very specific,  No technology on it, either.

  • lil_mama06
    August 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Yes it was helpful. Thank  you. 

  • frndlyfn
    August 20, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    No technology needed here thank goodness  LOL.  We have a bicycle but she will not be riding it to school.  We have to take inventory of her clothing to see what she has outgrown and can be donated.

  • Rushn311
    August 20, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    I had a checklist given by the school, so I followed that and just made a mental note of what we needed clothes wise.

  • Rain2Rinse
    August 20, 2012 at 1:48 AM
    Dd has everything on the list except for the iPod thin, mp3, and something else. I am so happy to be finished with school shopping
  • mom2jessnky
    August 20, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    I did my BTS shopping in July. My kids are already back. I went off the school's list, I don't wing that type of thing.

    One supply you can almost always reuse... Scissors. They send them home at the end of the year.

  • momma-flynn
    August 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM
    this is a great list.
  • mrswillie
    August 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    each teacher gives a lst

  • bether89
    August 20, 2012 at 9:04 AM

     The electronic list was not useful for younger kids.  You can save money by using the pencil boxes, scissors, pencils, and erasers left over from last year.

  • critter_boo
    August 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM
    Great list but we get one from the school

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