Buy smart and spend less this back to school

As summer nights get shorter and the school year approaches, you may be looking for ways to reduce the stress and costs of back-to-school preparations and adjust to a new routine. Fortunately, the experts at Dollar General offer families suggestions for an easy and affordable return to school.

School supplies

Start by separating and categorizing student supply lists and comparing them to items that might be left over from the previous school year. To meet your needs in one easy stop, visit a local Dollar General to shop for colorful and economical school supplies, with over 100 back-to-school items priced at $1 or less. School and classroom essentials can include notebooks, coloring supplies, backpacks, a reusable water bottle and more.

Plus, a variety of hand sanitizers starting at $1 can be easily placed in lunchboxes, desks, pencil cases, or given to school staff to help stop the spread of germs.

For teachers looking to save big in 2022, create a DG account and get 30% off eligible items up to four times through September 9. Plus, customers can save $3 on qualifying $15 or more.
purchases of supplies in the categories stationery, cleaning and paper, and household items until September 9.

All offers are available through DG Digital Coupons online and in the DG app, where customers can load coupons and rewards on an easy-to-use platform and redeem them at checkout.

Eat healthier

Back to school also means after school activities such as clubs and athletics. During juggling practices, rehearsals and club meetings, consider packing healthier snacks to support a busy schedule. Meal prep can also come in handy on busy days, and Dollar General’s DG Easy Meals provides access to simple recipes with affordable ingredients to make breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner easy and stress-free.

Dishes like Pecan-Crusted Salmon or Buffalo Chicken Pizza can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat. Dollar General also offers Better For You recipes that provide healthier meal options with ingredients available at DG stores.

Organizational necessities

As the school year begins and schedules fill up, some are struggling to stay organized. Use a customizable planner or calendar to remind yourself of pickup times, parent-teacher meetings, and other important appointments.
These tools are also great for high school or college students managing a new class schedule. Write tasks on a dry erase board, which can be attached to the side of the refrigerator, to keep track of daily tasks.

Finally, if your surfaces tend to get cluttered, a large canvas storage container can be a great way to keep things together for quick cleanup.

With these back-to-school tips and tricks, you can send students of all ages to their classrooms prepared with everything on the list, while saving time and money.

For more articles, check out Park City Parent Magazine Back to School 2022 here.

Daniel C. Williams