Back to School Blast: $1000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway – ends 8/15


Welcome to the Back to School Blast!

Getting your family prepared to head back to school, can be difficult especially after a long, fun-filled summer. Here are a few of our favorite Back to School Tips to help you along the way.

1. Back-to-School Supplies Checklist – Backpack? Check. Pencils? Check. Safety scissors? Not Yet. Use the same checklist each time you head out to grab supplies, to keep track of what you have already purchased and the things you still need to. These are also handy if you have more than one child. Simply print 2, 3, 4 list and add their name to the top.

2. Always check out sales! Before school is back in session there are tons of sales. You can stock up at these prices for the whole year, cheaper than you would buy the item full price a few times throughout the entire year.

3. Only buy what you need. Keep your cost down by only buying what you need, don’t buy extras! More than likely your child won’t use extras. Stick to the list.

4. Buy a decent backpack. Backpacks are thrown around, set on the floor, kicked around and just abused. Spend a little bit more money on the backpack to get a brand new, well made, great quality backpack. Your wallet will thank you later!

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  1. Take advantage if your state has tax-free days! Florida does, and I make sure to do most of my shopping then.

  2. Amy Otrosinka says:

    Plan ahead and get in on all the back to school sales.

  3. Ruby Yoshi says:

    Complete the shopping during back to school and clearance sales.

  4. Trisha W. says:

    School supply tip: Start shopping in July and slowly build up your supplies. The deals start pretty early.

  5. Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    I plan ahead, watching sales and stock up on items when the go on sale. This way I don’t have to pay the higher prices in the middle of the year if/when my kids supplies run out.

  6. Start shopping early! The best sales are going on right now! My kids aren’t school age yet, but I always replenish our crafting cupboard with crayons, glue, colored pencils, etc. at this time of year 🙂

  7. Michelle H. says:

    Shop the sales early and stock up on lined paper if your kids require it. Mine always run out.

  8. Toni Porter says:

    Shop early for the best deals on school supplies, and if new clothing can wait, get new stuff when it goes on clearance in mid-to-late September.

  9. Kathryn Reid says:

    Have child get back into the routines and sleep schedule 1-2 weeks before school starts so it’s not so hard on them.

  10. Kellina H. says:

    My best tip as the mother of 8 children, is to shop early and look for sales. Be sure to consider the store brands too, often they are just as good as the name brands! 🙂

  11. Jessica Lodge says:

    If you see a great sale like folders for nickel stock up. School supplies tend to be the same year after year.

  12. kelly falcone says:

    Buy in bulk : )

  13. laurie nykaza says:

    watch for clothing sales over the summer and you can get great buys before it starts

  14. Shop early and take advantage of all the sales.

  15. betty wojnar says:

    don’t be afraid to shop the thrift stores

  16. Michelle Lee says:

    Shop ahead and be prepared! By used when possible!

  17. Arthur Anderson says:

    Get onto a good bedtime schedule if you stopped for any reason over the summer!

  18. Shop the sales and look for coupons!

  19. Nikki Elkins says:

    I would say buy a little bit each month so you are not bombarded all at once.

  20. Shop ahead of time, or you won’t get everything you need! Especially notebooks, most places have awesome sales so they go quickly.

    Also, try and get your kids back on the school schedule. Make them go to sleep early, and wake them up at the time they wake up for school. Do this about a week ahead of school starting back. Being late is a pain!

  21. Krystal Waters says:

    Get ready by getting back on schedules and routines going to bed early etc. Buy supplies a little at a time when they’re on sale each week and get plenty now for the whole school year while they are on sale.

  22. Vanessa Vazquez says:

    I bought backpacks at Ross. They have name brand stuff but it’s all super cheap! <3

  23. Mitzi Fisher says:

    Shop early and get extra supplies. They always need more than you purchase.

  24. Shelley Hammond says:

    Stock up on the small things while they are on sale, things you will need later. Can never get enough of a good sale 🙂

  25. Belinda says:

    Stock up on extra supplies at the beginning of the year while they’re on sale. The kids always ending up needing more crayons or paper half way through the year.

  26. Debbie Fykes says:

    Check out the Dollar Tree.

  27. aaron matteson says:

    study buddies are essential for learning, grades, friends!

  28. Laura Eckard says:

    Shop early, remember that stores like Toys R Us, Target, and Walmart all do their seasons 2-3 months ahead of time. So back to school starts at the end of June, Halloween/Fall starts in August, and Christmas starts two weeks before Halloween. Either shop early or shop really late, meaning go back to school shopping as soon as school starts for the following year!

  29. Make a checklist

  30. Iron uniforms and prepare the night before

  31. I love shopping the sales, I save so much stocking up now. Everything goes up so much in the year. I have 3 kids in school & 1 I homeschool. My husband (an Iraqi vet)lost his job last month so we could use this for school clothes & supplies. May God bless you for giving someone a chance 2 win so much. May everyone have a blessed day & good luck.

  32. Don’t be afraid to shop at places like Big Lots and Dollar Tree.

  33. Amber Mejia says:

    Remember to smile and make families welcome at your school.

  34. I would say plan ahead, shop the tax free sales, and get your supply lists early.

  35. Alexis C. says:

    Go shopping early, the items are cheaper.

  36. Adriyanna Zimmermann says:

    Look at prices at different stores in order to get the best deals! Also, look on the internet for coupons and promotions!

  37. Jennifer Halstead says:

    Each week, office depot and staples has a handful of different school supplies for a penny during the month of August. Make sure to check back each week!

  38. Maria Reyes says:

    Coupons, and tax free weekends and start early!

  39. Tashauna says:

    This would be so incredibly helpful. I have two in school this year…a whole new experience for me!

  40. Tashauna says:

    If you set aside $10-20/month starting in Jan, you will have enough to hit all the back to school sales in August without breaking the bank!

  41. Amanda Wilcox says:

    Iron the kids clothes for the week on sunday, just in case you run late one day.

  42. Target has awesome mobile coupons on school supplies! I was able to get four boxes of crayons for free!

  43. Always best to plan ahead!

  44. Buy textbooks before the first day of class!

  45. FOCUS, do your BEST, and SMILE 🙂

  46. Make sure you wake up early enough on the first day for lots of pictures!

  47. Shop Sales Sales and start the going to bed early two weeks before school starts

  48. Find out the school supplies you need ahead of time and use coupons to get great deals or supplies for free.

  49. Take advantage of couponing and sales for example at Target you can get manufacturer coupons which you can stack with Target coupons, then in addidtion you can stack percent off coupons from their app Cartwheel, and to top it off if you have a Target red card you can get an additional 5% off!

  50. Jean Eckert says:

    Shop early and use coupons!!!

  51. Start getting into your school year routine a few weeks prior to school starting. Review what they learned last year and reading a book every night keeps them focused on learning.

  52. Brittany F. says:

    Start the bedtime and morning routine a week or 2 early. It makes the transition so much easier.

  53. Plan ahead. Set out the kids clothes the night before and have a good breakfast planned. I suggest getting up a little early for those who like to take pictures and tackle any hiccups that may come along.

  54. Roberta Loessel says:

    Make sure you stay getting your kids ready for their routine a week prior to the first day of school. After having a summer of sleeping in, it’s hard to get back on track!

  55. Elise Vincent says:

    Get up extra early! That extra time will help you get everything ready for that first week back to school!

  56. Warn your children not to talk or get in a strangers car

  57. Rachel R. says:

    Shop sales and buy clothes in the off-season (i.e. swimsuits in winter).

  58. Jennifer Daniell says:

    Get school supplies that you know will be needed on clearance during the summer. Make BTS fun, so kids look forward to it!

  59. christine salas says:

    Remember to bring your camera to take pictures. for school days scrapbook . start one for each year that will be treasured for years to come.

  60. Relax!!! It’s everyone’s first day of school.

  61. Rebecca S. says:

    In High School sooo many classes have their own list of things you need so it may be best to have essentials and wait until your student gets all of those class lists. My little sister ended up at Walmart every other day because of a new list from teachers.

  62. Take pictures of your children holding a dry erase board with 2013 Third grade on it. Make sure you have something colorful like a map in the background.

  63. Sue Walker says:

    Look for the sales and shop second hand stores.

  64. Laura Cook says:

    I always get supplies the beginning of the year when they are on sale and usually buy MORE than what i think they’ll need. I’d rather have extra to use the next year than have to pay full price in the middle of the school year.

  65. Definitely be prepared and wake up a little extra early the first day because traffic will be terrible!

  66. jennifer h says:

    Catching all the sales you can find. Walgreens, Staples, Cvs, etc. I’ve seen people save lots of money at Walgreens:)

  67. Angela Cash says:

    My best back to school tip is to prepare as much as possible (laying out clothes, prepping for lunch, etc.) the night before to cut down on the morning chaos.

  68. I always have on stock extra school supplies, just in case my little one will need em.

  69. hop early and find sales.

  70. Would be great for my other grandchildren.

  71. Shop early, at sale & no rushes.

  72. I stock up on school supplies in August that’s when you can get crayon nice for a penny!!

  73. Be happy every morning with your child before the school day-works wonders.

  74. Plan ahead!

  75. Gina Hiskes says:

    Start the school routine the week before so it’s not such a shocker the week of 🙂

  76. Julie Simpson says:

    You have to kind of maintain the same type of routine year round so it’s not such a shock and have them do fun homework like activities during the summer and give them incentives take advantage of layaway every chance you get

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