Get ahead by preparing early for the coming school year
THE kids have only just finished their last day of school for the year but already it's time to get on top of back to school business.
Cheryl Buchholz from Gympie Bags and Gifts said there is a changing trend among parents regarding school supplies.
"They are actually giving school bags as Christmas gifts these days," she said.
Ms Buchholz said that when she was at school, it wasn't uncommon for her to receive school supplies as part of her Christmas gifts.
"It makes sense, because it can get quite expensive these days," she said.
She said that getting in early also means there is a greater selection to choose from.
"I've got all my back-to-school stock out on display now. Last year, a lot of girls especially, were getting 'surf style' bags with graffiti designs and colourful lines," she said.
Corinne Craig from Nextra Goldfields said it was a great idea to get the booklists in before Christmas.
"Get it over and done with so you can enjoy the rest of your holidays," Corinne said.
Corinne also said she has a system in place whereby she collects all of the items on the booklist and pack them up so all the customer needs to do is collect the order in the week before school goes back.
She said there is an arrangement with some of the schools in place which gives back a percentage of the cost of the items to the schools in question. It also means the agency can buy in bulk and offer some products at a cheaper price.
"This makes is cheaper for the parents, which can be really handy if you've got more than one child going back to school," she said.
Shannon Gilmore from Patrick's Newsagency said it pays to be prepared.
"Get in early before the rush," she said.
Hollie Van Dorrestein agreed and said that being organised can make the entire process much less stressful.
"It can be stressful if you are doing it last minute. If you get in early, I can take the time to find and tailor things to suit your children's needs," she said.