Tips for Going Back-to-School with Ease

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, but adjusting to a new routine and schedule can bring with it some unwanted stress. Between the start of new classes and after-school activities, just simply staying afloat can be a challenge. Taking a hard look at your schedule and trying out some new methods of doing things can make your transition this school year the smoothest one yet!

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These three back-to-school tips can help simplify your schedule and ease your adjustment into a new school year.

  1. Take advantage of grocery delivery/pickup services. Save time and money by utilizing grocery delivery or pickup services. Here is a list of top grocery delivery and pickup options, but if your favorite store isn’t listed, check with customer service next time you are at the store. Many retailers are offering this convenient option!
    • Peapod is an online grocery store complete with a large variety of products to fit your family’s needs. Check out their website for a special deal for first-time customers!
    • Instacart offers same-day deliveries of groceries from many of the major grocery retailers in the Maryland area. Check out the full list on their website to see if your favorite store is included!
    • Harris Teeter’s ExpressLane allows you to order your groceries online and choose a time slot that is convenient for you to pick up your order. Check out their website for answers to FAQs and special offers!
    • Safeway Grocery Delivery delivers your grocery order directly to your home! Simply add your groceries to your cart and choose a time slot that fits your schedule for your order to be delivered. Check out their website for more details and special offers!
  2. Try out a meal-kit delivery service for quick and healthy dinners. Meal-kit delivery services continue to grow in popularity by providing an easy solution to serve healthy meals during the week for even the busiest of families. This article gives details about the many options on the market right now so you can choose the best option for your family!
  3. Prepare these simple after-school snacks for your kids to enjoy. Are your kids always hungry after returning home from a long day at school? Give one of these ideas a try and make that after-school snack decision a breeze!
    • String cheese sticks
    • Unsweetened applesauce pouches/cups
    • Diced up fruit or fruit cups – After purchasing fruit from the grocery store, separate it out into individual snack bags to make this a quick, easy snack!
    • Vegetables portioned out into individual snack bags – Baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumber, and sliced bell peppers are some great options!
    • Yogurt
    • Trail Mix – Try to look for options with more nuts and dried fruit than chocolate pieces.
    • Goldfish/Pretzels – Place an individual portion into snack bags so you can grab it and go!

Getting back to the routine of another school year doesn’t have to be stressful and hectic. Putting these tips into practice is one way to help your family get back into the swing of things in no time!