Back to school for the 2010-2011 school year is quickly approaching. The middle of July is quickly approaching and in no time at all, those school bells will be ringing all across the country. School has been in session for some students all year around, but here in Austin, Minnesota; the Austin Public Schools run on a traditional year round calendar. Therefore, it is time to start putting needs of the school year, as well as the family budget together. Teens are pricey when it comes to Back to School, plan accordingly.
If you have a teen that will be a high school senior this school year, you will want to have those senior pictures scheduled as soon as possible. Many schools need to submit all of their photos by November 1st for the annual production of the school yearbook. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you get the ball rolling in regards to these traditional photos. Many parents and teens opt to have these photos taken at a professional studio. Should your family be one of those struggling in the job department at the current moment, you may choose to have a family friend take these pictures. Many people, as well as teens, own digital cameras, as well as cell phones. Therefore, a close friend can get that needed photo for the school yearbook if need be.
Over the course of the next several weeks, many local department stores will be running specials on folders, binders, notebook paper, pens, pencils, rulers, glue, and the like. Remember, this is the time to stock up. These items are traditionally much cheaper in July and August, as opposed to needing to restock when January rolls around. A great idea is to design a corner of a closet to store these supplies in for the whole school year. This way your teen can take some responsibility when it comes to keeping their school supplies current.
We all know and understand that teens want to look and feel the part of being a teenager. Yes, this does mean they really do care about their clothes. Start watching your local newspapers and local store fronts for special back to school deals. It is quite common to be able to purchase summer close-out clothing from now through the middle of August, at 1/2 price or greater reductions. Keep in mind that in most parts of the United States, summer clothing is appropriate for the first couple months of the school year. Buy one get one 1/2 price, or buy one get one free, are also common promotions during this busy time. Take advantage of these offers when you see them, as your teen will thank you for taking the time to help them fit in.
Back to school 2010-2011 will be here before we know it. Take inventory of your teens clothing, as well as the back pack that came home the last day of the 2009-2010 school year. Many times teens will clean out their lockers the last day of school and just toss it all in their back packs. And more times than not, there is useful notebook paper, a handy calculator, and maybe a binder or two that were never used.
With the current economic situation, it makes sense for all of us to be smart when it comes to getting our teens ready for the upcoming school year. And remember, most of our schools have registration fees as well. Many schools have these fees posted on their school websites, which can help you when it comes to planning the family budget for the 2010-2011 school year. Be smart, plan accordingly, and you and your teen can kick off the 2010-2011 school year without busting the family bank account.