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Quick Tips for Back to School Shopping

My daughters are heading into kindergarten and 3rd grade next month and I just opened their classroom supply list – WOW, it’s a long one!  I don’t even remember having a backpack in kindergarten, yet she will be showing up with 24 “Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 yellow pencils” (because any old #2 pencils just won’t do), 2 boxes of 16 large washable crayons, 2 boxes of 24 small crayons, 4 pink erasers, 4 large glue sticks, 1 box of Kleenex, 2 containers of disinfectant wipes, 1 spiral notebook, 1 pair of blunt scissors, 1 nap mat, 1 blanket, 1 change of clothes, 1 box of sight words, and a partridge in a pear tree…oh wait, no partridge, got a little carried away, but you get the idea.  And that’s just for the kindergartener!  I’ll spare you the 3rd grade list, as it’s even longer.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate our school and have a great love for our teachers, but it’s time to tackle the list and ensure the best possible deals!

I’m a frugal momma, and that’s just supplies, so let’s get started

Don’t leave home, Amazon Prime day might be long gone but the competition isn’t

Economists have stated that Amazon Prime day actually surpassed 2016’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is forcing many stores like Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot to offer deeper discounts and free shipping when you spend over a certain amount to remain competitive.  This year I picked up spiral notebooks from Staples online for as low as 19 cents and boxes of crayons for 50 cents – for that price you might want to add a few extras and save for next year by keeping a bin with a small inventory of school supplies.  I sat at the computer and tackled both class lists in under 30 minutes with  Save time, save money, avoid the impulse spending and the stress of finding a parking spot – online shopping for the win!

Avoid the trendy gear

Disney’s Descendants has been running rampant through our house this summer, but I just wouldn’t give in to the Evie and Mal matching backpack and lunch box.  Once the next best thing comes along, my girls will be begging for an upgrade, which will only result in wasted cash.  Amazon has some great deals on backpacks with many options to choose from.  Once again, why leave home!

Shop affordable

Old Navy and Kohl’s have become my go-to stores for back to school clothes of solid quality and price.  Great coupons and sales are readily available whether your kiddos are in uniforms or create their own look.  And if you see an item you bought in the last 14 days on sale later, you can get the difference refunded with a receipt only.  Kohl’s offers a very generous return policy.

Plan your lunches based on weekly grocery circulars 

Check your weekly grocery circulars for the best prices on veggies and produce.  Even organic options can be found on sale.

Go Green

The Container Store offers lunch-time essentials containers for as low as $5.99 (Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube-to-Go – that can be reused all year long.  At that price, you may want to pick up two sets per kid to avoid the stress of washing them nightly.

On to another school year we go moms, we’re almost there – hang in there as you get through these last weeks of summer!


Moms Celebrate Back-To-School Bliss

blog3Back-to-School Bliss

I don’t know who coined the phrase “lazy summer days”, but I’d like to meet that person and ask how it’s done. Then lock him in a room with my mischievous munchkin from June to August and see just how lazy he feels.

For a parent, there’s hardly anything lazy about summertime. It’s 70 days of extended, noisy car rides; hauling suitcases packed with gear; getting to and from sports practices, dance recitals, music lessons, camps or all of the above; bedtime struggles when the term “school night” no longer applies; weary, worried eyes tracking constant activity; and scorching afternoons standing in line at overpriced, overcrowded amusement parks.

So when I overheard a mom ask if anyone would like to join her for a margarita at 8 in the morning just after dropping off her kids to their first day of school, I did not judge. In fact, I would have happily joined her. And I found myself staring down those who gave her sideways, disapproving glances.

After all, it’s hard keeping the kiddos entertained while juggling household and work responsibilities. And even more difficult maintaining sanity after hearing, “What are we going to do today, Mom?” every morning ad nauseam.

Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty when your fussy pants tots finally strap on their backpacks, and you delight in that beautiful bell announcing it’s time for class. A sound that once commenced six hours of academic lockup now signals freedom.

In fact, I don’t mind scrambling to assemble healthy school lunches that, despite my best efforts, my son will likely attempt to trade for sugary snacks. Or fighting supermarket crowds to purchase paper, pencils and other classroom paraphernalia. Or taking an extra two to six hours trying to relearn quadratic equations so my son can turn in his second grade homework (what the heck happened to counting on fingers?).

All this heralds a daily break from parental duties. And, as much as I love my kid, I need a little time to myself to recharge and regain composure after bombardment from almost constant kiddie drama.

Of course, I’ll no doubt fill my newfound freedom running errands, squeezing in extra office hours and cleaning disheveled spaces without a “Mom, can you get me…” or “I’m bored” or “Brandon keeps poking me”. But perhaps this year, I’ll take some time to read a good book, indulge in a new hobby or maybe just get that margarita and see what this whole “lazy days” thing is all about.

Happy Thoughts

Here’s a mom who knows how to celebrate the end of summer: Mommy Happy Dance. What are ways you’ve indulged in some mommy time during the school year?