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The Best Back-To-School Deals

Updated: Aug 12, 2019



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It’s that time of year again. Summer is in full swing, the days are long and hot, the kids are entering their last month of camp, and that can only mean one thing. The school year is coming, and with it: the back to school shopping.


Fortunately for us, the age of the internet has brought us the time- and money-saving convenience of online shopping, so we can spend less of our free time running around trying to get the best deals and more of it actually playingwith our kidsor, I dunno, trying some of that self care everyone keeps talking about?


In the spirit of winning back more time with our families, here are some of the best deals we’ve found on Amazon.com for back to school supplies. Don’t forget to reference your child’s supply list! It’s probably posted on your school’s website.


Backpacks


When picking a backpack, the American Occupational Therapy Association recommends choosing one that fits on their back between the tops of their shoulders and the tops of their hip bones (without extending beyond either), has padded shoulder straps, and a chest or hip belt to help evenly distribute weight. All the bags below are water resistant, and designed to help prevent sore necks and shoulders. What’s more, they’re all easy on the pocket book and eligible for free shipping!


For your first and second grader, try the AO Ali Victory Bag by Ruipai, or the large preschool backpack by Vaschy. They provide ample space for your child’s supplies, a couple cute patterns to choose from, and all cost under $26.99!



For older elementary school kids, try a Kids School Backpack by Mountaintop or the “backpack for girls and boys by Fanpack. For the kid that likes to customize, here’s a bag in basic black that will let them personalize it to their heart’s content with pins, buttons, beads, or something like fabric paint or patches..


Classroom Supplies


You can also find some pretty solid deals for all of the basic classroom supplies that may be on your child’s list, such as :

● Pencil boxes or pouches

#2 or Laddie-style pencils and pencil sharpeners

Pink pearl or pencil top erasers

Ballpoint and red correcting pens

Colored pencils and markers

Crayons

Wide-ruled paper and spiral notebooks

3-ring binders and dividers

Pocketed folders and composition notebooks

Scissors

Glue sticks and bottles

Rulers


Some schools are even asking students to bring dry erase markers, facial tissue, copy paper, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer!


Lunch Supplies


If you’re opting to send a home-packed lunch with your child, you’ll need to make sure you’re equipped with the right supplies to do so safely. Insulated lunch boxes, freezer packs, and thermoses/hot food containers are all helpful in keeping your child’s food safe by the time lunch rolls around. For more information on packing a safe lunch for you child, checkout this article from the USDA.


Bento-style boxes are a popular way of limiting the number of containers you need by storing everything in one place. Reusable lunch wraps or bags and utensils are also a great option for both limiting the amount of plastic you’re throwing out every day and saving you money in the long term. Check out the examples of lunch supplies listed below:


Comfook Bento-style Lunch Box for $12.70

Bentology Lunch Box Sleeves for $9.99

Teamook Insulated Lunch Box for $8.88

Fit & Fresh Slim Ice Packs (4 pack) for $7.99

Langsprit reusable lunch baggies (set of 3) for $10.97

Knork reusable utensils (pack of 8) for $10.95

Thermos Funtainer (10 oz.) for $9.03


Just make sure to label everything and rehearse packing and unpacking your child’s lunch with them to make sure there’s no trouble at lunchtime and all the pieces make it home again!


Clothing


No one knows your kids better than you do, so you’ll probably know right away the best way to choose new school clothes for your child. If you have a pretty good handle on your child’s size and style, then an online service that offers “try before you buy” such as Stitch Fix, Kidbox, or Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe is a great way to skip the hassle and not-so-pocketbook-friendly trudge to the big department stores. Prime wardrobe will even help you out with school uniforms!


If your child’s tastes are changing, or if they’re current clothing is starting to look a little ridiculously tight, I’d suggest maybe going to onestore to try on a few pieces from the bargain rack, then come home and look online with them for some good deals on similar clothes.


Staying organized


Of all the challenges the school year brings, maybe the biggest is keeping your family organized while you are trying to jump into a brand new schedule full of brand new challenges.


If you haven’t already, it’s time you tried using a personal calendar to keep your head wrapped around who needs to be where, and when. There are plenty of apps out there for your phone if you’re a techy-type of person. If not, good ol’ paper and pencil may be more your style. I like this planner from BooQool. It’s for the academic year (from June ‘19 to June ‘20), so you’ll still get a ton of use out of it without having to go through the time consuming ordeal of numbering all the days of a blank one. The design is also simple and clean, and for $9.99 it’s a bargain! For your older elementary school kid, this one by Sweet Harmony Press is fun and easy to use.


You can also consider using a calendar you can post on the wall. I’ve got this wall calendar from Quartet in our kitchen. It looks nice, it’s erasable so I can keep using it month after month, and it’s a great place for all of us to post important events to keep everyone on the same page. It also has a strip of cork board at the bottom for posting important lists or reminders.


Meal planning is another great way to help your family stay on top of things during the school year. Selecting a meal planner, whether it be in app form, a dry erase board for your fridge like this one from GSM Brands, or a spiral bound notebook like this one from Kahootie Co., can really help keep some of the stress out of your week-time meals, as well as helping you avoid wasting money on unnecessary food purchases.


Well, that wraps up our guide to the best deals to be found on Amazon this season. Wherever and however you decide to do your back-to-school shopping, remember to keep your list updated, drink lots of water, and above all, be kind to yourself. This, too, shall pass. Just hopefully not while taking too much of your money and effort with it!

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