Although the long, hot days of summer are still here, school is right around the corner. With supply lists calling for everything from paper and folders, to markers and glue pens, 2016 back-to-school shopping is estimated to gross $24.9 billion in sales.

This year, build a strong foundation for a successful school year both in the classroom and at home by trying out one or all of these tips from Boise Paper.

Make a budget – The National Retail Federation estimates that average spending on back-to-school supplies has grown 42 percent in recent years. To keep your family’s back-to-school spending from ballooning year-over-year, set a budget. Once you have an amount in mind, talk to your kids about how much they have to spend and help them prioritize.

Know when it pays to spend more – We all love bargains, but the key to a great back-to-school deal is a product that is priced right AND will last the whole year through. Pens that run out of ink or break, cheap backpacks that rip and low-quality markers end up costing your family more money and hassle in the long run. Backpacks, crayons, markers and water color paints are items worth the splurge for good quality that lasts.

Buy early for supplies; late for clothes – There is a reason back-to-school shopping starts early. It’s an incredibly popular shopping time and by the end of August, the essential supplies can be picked over. Keep your supply list in your car or purse, or take a photo of it to keep it on your phone so you can snag great deals as you run other errands. However, the opposite can be true for clothing, as fall clothes will go on sale later in the season and children’s clothing can change quickly once school starts. Hold out on buying clothes and also save yourself from additional clothing requests.

Shop to stock – Help your student stand out in the crowd when it comes to homework and presentations by having Boise POLARIS® premium paper at home. With excellent document imaging and consistently great results, the right paper can take their work to the next level. Plus, when school supplies and home office supplies intertwine, it’s easier to take advantage of the sales and stock available in August. Boise POLARIS Multipurpose 20lb. paper is on sale online only at OfficeDepot.com through September, with two reams for $10 or a box of 10 reams for $30.