Main Street Launch’s Intern – Development & Fundraising Brooke Solomon offers some local options for back to school shopping and errands. Visit our client map to find more local businesses to support.
Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end after a season of heat, kids, and no homework. As the students head back to school, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly growing list of school supplies that are necessary for the classroom. Instead of shopping online, try supporting local businesses to support your community and stimulate the economy. The accessibility of online shopping may seem tempting, but you can still shop within a budget while supporting small businesses.
Tips for budget:
Set a limit before you go to the stores with your child. This is a wonderful opportunity to bond and teach your child about the importance of a budget and finances. Set your own pre-determined limits to how much you are willing to spend on specific goods. Also, look around your house to see what your child already has that can be used during the school year; unwanted and lightly used items can be donated to make room for new goods that your child needs. While shopping, engage in conversation with your child about the value of money and what they deem as necessary and luxury.
Bay Area Shopping Options:
Located in San Francisco, Patrick & Co. has been selling office supplies since 1873.
For all your left-handed kids, take them to Lefty’s located in San Francisco. There are
many cool gadgets that are made especially for them.
Technology store located in San Francisco. They offer everything from computers,
hardware, and software to power strips, chargers and more.
Hardware and supplies store that Ace Hardware partnered with. They offer a variety of
office and school supplies.
Local kids clothing store based in Oakland.
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