Today I decided to try out the new School Supplies Shopping List with my 7-year-old. We started by reviewing the list we got from school, and figuring out what things we already had, and what things we needed to buy. He likes to use The Trip Clip website, so he created the list himself:
Here’s his completed list (with a couple of extra items at the end that I needed to get while we were at Target):
We took it to Target, and even I was surprised by what happened. Although the school supplies area was crowded and overwhelming, we had one of the calmest school supplies shopping experiences we’ve ever had. Usually I have the list, and I’m trying to decipher the list and brands as we go, while my kids run around getting excited about folder covers and pencil boxes and distracting me. This time, my son held the list, and he went systematically down it and found the items he needed. He was the one directing me. Here he is working on finding the “Pens 4 papermate black flare feltip”.
I asked him afterwards what he thought about using his list, and he said he liked it. When I asked why, he said he was glad that we’d looked through the list from school carefully before we went so that knew exactly what we were buying when we got to the store. I hadn’t thought about it, but he’s right – creating The Trip Clip list ahead of time helped us be much more organized while we were at the store.
It took more time to prepare for the trip, but in the end it was totally worth it. And I loved seeing him take charge of his shopping like that!