Written by: Brigitte Diem-Guy, Vice President Sales & Marketing, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Advanced symptoms at my house are: Not getting up in the morning, refusing to go to bed in the evening, asking for dinner before you even had time to take your shoes off from a ridiculously long day at work, lounging in front of the TV in the same chair for 8 hours straight – except for a twice daily trip to raid the snack cupboard – and random complaining alternating with clinginess. I call it “summer school holidays”.
You can line up all kinds of fun and interesting summer activities and still get that look of: “Really? You want me to get up and do what?” And just as you ponder if somebody “up there” is out to get you, the best time of the year comes around: The back-to-school time!
They say that back-to-school time is often stressful for students and parents. I personally look forward to it like a 5-year old to Christmas.
I have to admit however that it is very easy to wind up spending too much money. Here are 4 tips to save some cash:
1. Get organized and set a budget
Gather any back-to-school supply and book lists that are necessary and look through the calendar to predict the cost of extra-curricular or school activities. Stick to these lists in hand, it is much easier to budget and you don’t end up overbuying.
2. Shop your closet
Go through your closets and look at what you have now. Can you work it? Or do you need to dump it, or donate it?
3. Watch for end-of-summer deals
Shop for discounted clothing items that can be worn long into the fall such as polo shirts, dark khakis and a couple of different colored jeans. If you live a long distance away from a major city with big department stores, look for hotels offering special shopping getaway packages. You will get a mini-vacation and make the back-to-school shopping fun.
4. Plan ahead
Designate where school bags and supplies will be stored and stock plenty of lunch options. Create a weekly menu by using your weekly online grocery flyer – you will save money and who knows: If you post the menu on the well-stocked fridge, your loved one might just make his or her own lunch!
Finally: The first day of school is no time for drastic adjustment to sleep schedules. Instead, during the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to get up when school begins.
I hope these tips help you survive the last few weeks of random-complaining-alternating-with clinginess and you are already looking forward to the first day of school. I certainly am – I can’t wait to drop off my husband dearest at Capilano University on September 01…
Are you a back-to-shool.yeah pro? Send us your tips!