For many people living and working on Long Island, the end of summer simply means a farewell to balmy temperatures, sun tanning and lazy beach days. For parents, students and teachers however, the end of August is filled with a myriad of feelings ranging from excitement to dismay, and everything in between. One thing is for certain, it is a busy time – book reports need to be finished, schedules finalized, classrooms set up and school shopping completed.
How can you make the most of your final weeks of summer before school starts?
Almost every clothing and department store runs a “back to school sale” to tempt shoppers through the doors. Keep an eye on the sales to make sure you get a great price on the clothes and school supplies you need, and pass over the items you can do without. Just don’t want until the last minute to do your shopping, when the selection is low and the lines are long.
Not every back-to-school student is staying home. In addition to catering to the K-12 age range, August sees “dorm essential” sales, with the stores offering great prices on small furniture pieces, home electrics and storage solutions. College students can take advantage of these sales to affordably furnish a dorm room, and parents and young adults can score some great deals as well. Just because you’re living at home or setting up an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t use a cheap coffee maker or some storage boxes while they’re available at deep discount. Take note new homeowners, this can be a great time to snag some affordable essentials you may be missing.
I’ve already warned against doing your shopping at the last minute, when you wind up standing in a line wrapped around the store with every other harried parent on Long Island. Avoid the rush in the stores and at home. Make sure school work is done in a timely fashion so that you and your students can enjoy a relaxing few days before the school bells start ringing. Isn’t a final summer day at the pool, visiting family or just enjoying the free time better than cramming facts and writing book reports?
Are the kids (and you) getting restless? Browse through websites like Pinterest to find ideas for easy, inexpensive crafts or projects the kids can help with around the house to fill some spare time.
If you’re still getting ready for the first day of school, try turning preparation into a game by buying stickers and letting kids have fun putting their names and own personal touches on notebooks and folders. Have a fashion show starring your very own elementary school model, then pick out outfits for the first week together. Make back to school prep fun instead of a chore, and it will be easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
Work smarter, not harder
The point of most of these tips is to work smarter, not harder. Manage your time, spend wisely, and all around take advantage of the last moments of summer rather than rushing and stressing. The most important tip however, is to do what is right for you and your children. Another school year is about to begin, so make the most of the remaining time off.
Frank Failla is a Long Island realtor based in Merrick and serving much of Long Island. To learn more about Frank or exciting Long Island properties, visit online at frankfaillahomesli.com.