Back to School Tips

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Last Thursday, Daddy and I took a leave from work for Matthew's long overdue Japanese Encephalitis vaccine (Read: UPDATED: A vaccine guide (from 0 to 3 years old). He was on vacation for 2 months so the delay. Also, we haven't bought his school stuff yet so sinabay na din.

After our pedia's appointment, we went first to Baker's Hub (that I will make kwento in another post), then to the nearest SM Mall to buy his stuff. Truly, everything's here at SM Supermalls.

At SM Stationery, Matthew chose all his school things listed on his to buy list.

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First back to school tip is, go to the mall at weekdays. There are less people shopping and did you know there are more promos and discounts during weekdays? Like this:

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Get 10% OFF with a minimum of P2,000 single receipt spend at any branch of the SM Store nationwide. So we got that 10% because Daddy paid for us, hehe.

Aside from Matthew's school things, we also bought him a pair of new black shoes. His old shoes although still in good condition, is already small. So my second back to school tip is buy a pair of shoes with bigger allowance but still is comfortable to wear, or you can buy core pack shoe filler.

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After shopping, eating time naman at our favorite KFC.

KFC, fried chicken, family

We are with my sister and his son. My sister is with us until we find a new helper.

KFC, fried chicken, family

Going back to school tips. Be sure to have to buy list for easier and faster shopping. You can save both time and money.

Now I will share the school things the we bought. We bought 9 writing notebooks at 23.75 pesos each.

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SM Department Store, back to school tips, school things, Orion, writing notebooks

These Grade 2 pad paper pack of 3 is only 29.75 pesos. We bought 2 packs.

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Crayola crayons no 8 is 24.75 pesos. I also bought Sterling crayon that is cheaper at 15.75 pesos. Matthew often lose his crayons e. So another tip is, buy additional school supplies that is cheaper yet of good quality.

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Next naman these. Maped Technic Duo erasers is only 14.75 pesos, 3-hole round sharpener at 24.75, Mongol No. 2 pencil (3s) at 21.75 per pack and the plastic ruler  at 16.75 pesos.

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These pencil case are at 49.75 pesos for the white one and 39.75 pesos for the red one (for my niece). I chose this and Matthew agreed too because these are more durable as compared to expensive pencil cases that you only pay for the designs. Good thing Matthew didn't mind it.

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That makes me share another tip. Tell your kids that aside from the designs, they should also choose school things that are more durable so it will last the whole school year or more. Since I always tell Matthew to be thrifty, he can easily understand what I mean.

Another school requirements are these: long bond paper (20s) at 14.75 pesos, assorted art papers (20s) at 14.75 pesos, long envelope with plastic at 22.75 pesos, long folder with cover at 17.75 pesos and short folder with plastic cover at 15.75.

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You will need these too: PVC book wrapper (10m) at 59.75 pesos, scotch tape (3s) at 49.75 pesos and tape dispenser at 79.75 pesos.

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Matthew chose this pair of black shoes at 899.75 pesos.

SM Department Store, Spiderman, Black Shoes, back to school tips

SM Department Store, Spiderman, Black Shoes, back to school tips

And this pack of 3 pairs of white socks at 189.75 pesos.

SM Department Store, White socks

Also, I bought him a new aluminum tumbler at 149.75 pesos. One for Matthew and one for my niece.

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Then, I saw these Stationery school back pack.

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I bought one for my niece.

SM Department Store, SM Stationery, school supplies, school back pack, back to school tips

It's so sulit because it includes these school things na.

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This pair of Sugar Kids black shoes is only 299.75 pesos.

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How much I spend for Matthew's school things? I spent 1977.50 including his new pair of shoes and socks. I saved from buying new bag since his Robby Rabbit Trolley Bag I bought at Php 4299.75  is still good as new. So another tip is invest on good quality school bag.

Finally, you can spare yourself from worrying about where to get money to buy your kids new school things by religiously saving an allocated amount every month. Remember the 52-Week Money Challenge? You can also do that for school things budget and tuition fee. Just divide the expected back to school expenses and/or the tuition fee and divide it by 10 or 11 months. Start saving as early as now. 

I hope you find these tips helpful. I know most schools will start classes tonight but others will be next weeks pa. Please share other back to school tips too.

Have a great week ahead!