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Your Official 2016 Back to School Shopping Essentials

Posted by Collin McGorty on Aug 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM


As August winds down and summer starts to fade, we are reminded of the approaching school year right around the corner. With so much preparation and shopping left to do, it’s important to have a definitive guide for getting your children ready for the school year. Don’t stress for even a second because Ollie’s has you covered with our 2016 back to school shopping checklist.

The Basics of Back to School Shopping

Get Ahead of the Rush

Before you go out and buy anything for next year, first take stock of all your supplies from last year that weren’t used or can be recycled.

Typically, schools can provide anticipatory supply lists for their students. Come up with a list of everything you need and stick to it. It will help prevent you from overbuying or forgetting anything.


While shopping for new clothes for the year, look ahead to the colder months. You will probably be able to buy winter clothes for a reduced price. Besides, it saves you from having to go through this entire process again.

The best time to start shopping is really as soon as possible. Stores start rolling out back to school sales as soon as July, so it doesn’t hurt to look around and do some early bargain hunting. Trust me, your wallet will thank you.

Becoming a Savvy Consumer

You know that you’re going to need plenty of pens, pencils, loose-leaf, notebooks and other art supplies. Try buying them in bulk. For less money, you can buy more supplies to ensure you never run out, and you can even hold on to them in preparation for next year’s back to school shopping.

Not many people know this, but many stores nationwide offer special student discounts for in-store purchases.


J-Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Levi’s all offer discounts of up to 15 percent off entire purchases for students. Apple, Lenovo, and Best Buy also provide students with special discounts and deals on laptops, tablets and other electronics. For college students, Barnes & Noble has tons of new and used textbooks available at low and discounted prices.

Readying the Students

After the shopping is done and all the supplies are purchased, then you need to make sure the actual student is ready to go back.


For children starting a new school year, especially the younger ones, you need to wean them off of a summer schedule and start to get back in the routine of going to school every day. You can do that by starting to get them on a more rigid schedule that will coincide with bed and wake up times for the school year.

And last but not least, make sure all that summer reading is finished!

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