Well, it’s that time of the year again. Summer is beginning to wind down and all of the children are headed back to school. I graduated from college over a year and a half ago, so I’m not one of the millions headed back into classroom this school year. Even though I’m not packing my backpack and straightening my books, I still absolutely love the start of the new school year.
One of my favorite things about this time of the year is the sales. Back to school sales are always the best. I have a small obsession with office supplies and this is one of the only times of the year where this stuff is steeply discounted. You can get journals, writing utensils, planners, and just about anything in an office supply store for nothing more than pocket change. Really though, I recently got a journal for 17 cents. Along with office/school supplies, there are also excellent deals on clothing and shoes as well. A lot of stores take advantage of the back-to-school rush and usher in some of their fall collections. With the new fall arrivals, a lot of the summer clothing goes on sale. If you live in a warmer climate, it’s great because you can get these items on clearance and still get another month of use out of them.
Keeping along the line of discounts, the back-to-school season also marks a decline in travel. Families must forgo summer getaways for school day structure and for those of us who don’t live in a household with school aged children, it’s amazing. In an attempt to keep the market alive, the tourism industry offers massive discounts on just about anything travel or hospitality related. Airplane tickets, hotels, cruises, and just about any package vacation are all going to be much cheaper than they would be in the summertime. Not to mention the decline in crowds. Try going to Walt Disney World in the middle of July, and then go in October when all the children are back in school. You will notice a stark difference.
Lastly, the beginning of the school year sort of marks the end of summer. Although the first day of fall is officially September 23 this year, the start of the school year makes it feel like it’s almost here. It’s not that I have anything against summer. I love the summertime. However, something about a warm sweater, jeans, boots, and a nice mug of hot chocolate sound much more inviting than another day of 100*F weather.
To those of you who are going back to school, regardless of the grade, I wish you the best. I hope you all meet plenty of new friends, enjoy all of your new teachers and classes, and have your best school year yet!