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It's Back To School Time!

While it is only the beginning of August, it is the perfect time to get organized for sending your students back to school! Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend, August 2-4, and with some limits, many supplies and clothes will be tax free.  Organizing now can save you time and money.

As part of this preparation, set aside some time to finally clean out the back packs from this past year.  As you are doing this you will likely discover many supplies that are still usable for the coming year.  This is also a good time to assess your child's tastes on the supplies that are available.  Next step is to prepare a list of what is needed, not only for supplies, but for clothes as well.  

School supplies are out and available at office supply stores, big box stores and on-line.  Many stores are holding early sales, and the products are plentiful - wait too long and there will not be choices of styles, colors, etc..  Stores will often have supply lists from local elementary and middle schools, as well as college lists.  These lists may allow you to do all of your shopping in a single trip.  This was a favorite outing for us when our kids were in school, and even we remember the excitement of getting new notebooks, pens and pencils.

If you do have a son or daughter heading off to college, be sure to check the school's requirements on appliances you are allowed to bring(size and wattage limits) and what is not allowed.  It is surprising how much this varies from school to school.  Don't forget to get XL sheets for the dorm beds.   Bed, Bath and Beyond offers a service where you can load up a cart of items in person or on line, purchase them, and then have them available for pick-up at the closest store to your child's college!  It is a great service and a perfect place to stock up on sheets, towels and other accessories.  This saves room in your car and lots of money in shipping costs!  Don't forget a window fan for dorms without air conditioning!

Shopping for books can be an expensive endeavor these days.  Rental services are available for many textbooks these days - check on-line for books which are not ones you would keep long-term.  Paperback options, when available, are less expensive and lighter in the backpack.

Plan a back to school shopping event with your son or daughter and have fun!  Hit the sales and save some money, then enjoy the rest of your summer!

                                       Happy Shopping!

                                       Muffy and JoEllen


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