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Your Back-To-School Checklist

Your Back-To-School Checklist

Preparing for a new school year is about more than just school supplies. Use these tips to make sure your whole family is ready to get back into the school-year routine

Tip 1: Double-Check the School Supply List

Give your child’s school supply list one last look and make sure you’ve got everything they need for the first day of school. Have you checked out our list? We have everything you need. If you need to make a last-minute trip, we have what you need to get your child all set for the first day of school, with national brands including Sharpie, Crayola and Elmer's. Or save even more with our DG brands including Office Hub and DG Office.

Tip 2: Stock up on Laundry Supplies

Paint from art class, mustard from lunch—back-to-school also means back to stains, so make sure you’ve got plenty of detergent, stain remover, Febreze, fabric softener and dryer sheets on hand. It’s probably time for a new laundry basket, too. We even have sorting baskets that make it easy for kids to help with laundry. If your child’s school has standard school attire, be sure they’ve got what they need to wear to school each day. Be sure to save when you use our DG brand, True Living laundry detergent.

Tip 3: Get Them Back on a Schedule

Part of the fun of summer is staying up a little bit later. But it’ll be easier to get them up on the first day of school if you get them back on a schedule now. Set a bedtime and get back into a bedtime routine. A new toothbrush or new pajamas can help make this more fun. Be sure to pick up an alarm clock and batteries to keep it powered.

Tip 4: Start Good Habits

Busy school mornings go a lot more smoothly when you get in the habit of being prepared. Have your kids lay out their school clothes the night before. They can also help prepare lunches and snacks for the next day. Any sports equipment or musical instruments they need for after-school activities can be gathered and put in a convenient spot so they can easily be picked up on the way out the door.

Tip 5: Talk About Upcoming Changes

Talk with your children about what to expect in the new school year. Do they have a new teacher or new classes? Maybe they’re participating in an after-school activity for the first time. Talking about these things as a family can help children feel more comfortable with changes and settle into their new routines more easily. This year will bring even more changes with enhanced clean measures in school. Make sure they have their mask, gloves and hand sanitizer. Shop our cleaning supplies here.

Make this school year the best one yet by making sure you’re all set. Save on everything you need to start the year off right with DG Digital Coupons. Every Saturday, you can save $5 OFF $25 when you download the coupon and type your number in at the register. Sign up today by clicking here or just visit the digital coupons gallery on the DG mobile app. Be sure to also download our $5 OFF $15 BTS coupon good on select stationery items.