It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? You go to a store and there’s back to school stuff stuffing the shelves of, well, everywhere! I think this gets most parents giddy with excitement though. In fact, I think local Liquor Stores would make a pretty penny using back to school advertising tactics to sell champagne, sparkling wine, and other celebratory beverages!
Back to school time is funny. We see ads with kids reluctantly tagging along with their parents, scuffling through the aisles of Walmart, K-Mart, and other “Marts” offering amazing Back to School bargains. People somehow get
sucked marketed into thinking they need all that new school gear. New backpacks? What happened to your backpack from last year?
“Mom, that’s a Transformers backpack, I need a Pokemon backpack now.”
Hey, this isn’t the kids fault, it’s the parents for enabling that type of behaviour. If you constantly buy stuff when your kid asks for it then you’re setting them up for some HUGE disappointments down the road…“Wait, I have to spend my own money on this stuff? This sucks. MOOOOOOM!”
Anyway…Back to school shopping is a complete waste of your precious summertime and in most cases, your money. Why spend any more time inside if you don’t have to – and to go shopping at that? Worse, you’re shopping for someone else who could care less about that stuff.
This is commercialism at its finest folks!
But there is back to school hope!!!
And we can help with our new club. It’s The Minimalist Back to School Shopping for Minimalists Club. Or T-M-B-T-S-S-F-M-C.
Sounds like a mouthful, what’s this T-M-B-T-S-S-F-M-Club you speak of, oh highly-educated one?
The Minimalist Back to School Shopping For Minimalists Club is for those parents looking to find that easy, simple, effortless, non-difficult way of saving bundles of money on back to school stuff. We send you our daily recommended list of back to school items via an email or text message telling you what to buy. Which means you’ll receive absolutely zero emails and/or texts a day!
Wow, sounds amazing, where do I sign up?
The Minimalist back to School Shopping is for members only, and for a limited time, membership is now just three easy payments of only $19.95.
Okay, but seriously, I live in a privileged country, and have seen many privileged children go back to school shopping with their parents to update their wardrobe with the latest ‘trendy’ attire. They grab all new binders, paper, pens, pencils, the newest style of backpack. Parents, if you’ve got this stuff already, take that back to school money you were going to waste on your kids new Pokemon backpack and donate it to a good cause, like any one of these charities that help underprivileged kids who help get stuff to kids in actual need of back to school stuff.
And if you’re a parent who donates their previous scholastic materials to buy new stuff the following year, well, your hearts in the right place, but stop and think of all that wasted material. In all likelihood, oil was involved in the making, shipping, packaging, and selling of that item. Again, a donation can go a long way.
Okay, but what about new clothes?
What about them? It’s still summer when you go back to school, you just wear the same clothes! And unless your child had a growth spurt over those 2 months of summer, they could easily wear the same clothes from the previous school year.
Geez, I even saw a furniture store with a big ‘Back to School’ headline and they were advertising futons and dressers for college/university students. Ridic!
So is there a way to go back to school shopping if you’re striving for a minimalist lifestyle?
Stop trying to make every event about finding a minimalist way of doing it, especially when that day revolves around buying STUFF!
I see in forums and groups people trying to attach minimalism to everything. Stop the insanity! You’re overthinking things – especially when it comes to back to school stuff. Leave it. Move along.
Look, I don’t have kids, so I’m sure I’ll get attacked from that angle. But if I did have kids, I still wouldn’t go back to school shopping! I didn’t go back to school shopping when I was younger either because we didn’t have a lot of money. But more importantly, there were always binders, pens, pencils, and a backpack in decent enough shape that we could use….that, or, you know, just use the stuff from the previous school year!
Now go sell all your stuff! (except your kids school stuff)