As a parent, August usually means that everywhere you look, you are reminded that school is starting merely weeks away. Don’t stress — we’ve got you covered with everything you need for sending the kids back to school. From shopping early to looking out for rebates, here are five tips for getting ahead of the game.

Start early

Now that August is upon us, retailers are releasing their back-to-school circulars and deals. Who can blame you if you’d rather be concentrating on enjoying bike rides and beach days with your family right now instead of browsing ads? Use Flipp’s shopping list to load in your must-have school supplies and let the deals come to you as they’re released. Save time and check in with the list once a week to see if the items you want are on sale yet. Spread out your shopping so you’re not rushed at the end of the month and so the best deals haven’t sold out.

Let Flipp do the heavy lifting

Did your school or teacher provide a list of items your child will need for the school year? You can digitize a paper list by snapping a photo and uploading it to your shopping list. If they sent the list by email, it’s easy to capture a screenshot and upload the image. Everything will be transcribed in a few minutes and the list will pull in the deals for you.

Stock up on staples

Have you checked out our Rebates section yet? This is a great time to stock up on packaged snacks, drinks and cereal offers from your favorite brands. Take advantage of coupons to make sure that you are not overspending on the staples that you know you’ll need anyways.

Browse for inspiration

Not sure where to begin? Open Flipp to see the latest ads from your local retailers. Browse in categories like “Electronics” or “Office” to check out the ads with deals on back-to-school items. When looking through an ad, you can tap on an item to clip it to your shopping list. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for reusable lunch containers, freezer packs and deals on school snacks in addition to classroom supplies.

Share your list

Divide and conquer school shopping. Share your shopping list and it will sync between your devices so you’ll know if anyone picked up pencils yet.

For more back-to-school tips and tricks to get you #ShoppingLikeAPro, head over to our back-to-school resource page. This isn’t just a stressful time of year for parents — did you know that one in five teachers spends more than $1,000 of their own money on school supplies for their students? Flipp wants to lend a hand by giving 15 deserving teachers $1,000 towards preparing their classroom for the school year. Nominate an amazing teacher in our Flipp for Teachers giveaway today!