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How To Save On Back To School Necessities

It’s official! Summer vacation is over soon for most kids and it’s back to school time once again!

I also get the jitter before the school opens every year. That means, parents will have to start tightening their budgets, check required stuff for the kids to use in their new school year, check how much the next tuition will be, what needs to be bought for the kids this time around.

Regardless of  what every parents with schooling kids have to go through for the much anticipated school opening day, we, as a mum of a college kid, will have to prepare ourselves for what they will need for the coming school opening. It doesn’t mean that everything will have to be brand new. There are many ways to save on the splurges by recycling, repairing, cleaning and repurposing some existing school items that our kids already have. Here are some saving tips I have devised, and have done for my daughter when she was studying here in Dubai.

 

Re-stitch blank pages of notebooks into new ones

I used to do this when my daughter was in younger years. I would gather all her notebooks from the previous term and carefully remove the blank pages. I double check first if the ones she would need for the next term would be the same lined notes and when confirmed, I make around 2-3 new notebooks out of the old one.

You can do the same too! It will save you some money that you can use for buying new pens.

 

Sell old textbooks

After each school year, I collect all my daughter’s previous textbooks and remove name labels from them. I clean the outer cover and re-sell them to others. Most of the time, I get to sell all her textbooks that were usable and I use the sales proceeds to buy for her next term’s books.

 

Clean and repair shoes and bags

I try not be very stingy but school fees here in Dubai is not a joke. A grade schooler’s one school term’s tuition fee is almost like paying a college degree back home and that is without exaggeration. So, I try to save by repairing her shoes by changing the soles and heels. They look good as new except for very few scratches on the leather outer layer.

For her bag, she used backpacks most of the time so I would always buy backpacks made of canvas so I could wash it. I would check for the handles for any loose stitchings and reinforce them again by restitching to make them sturdier. Her GAP backpack lasted for several years until I begged her to stop using because of the fraying stitches. We saved a lot for not buying too many backpacks for her over the course of her schooling here in Dubai.

 

Avail of back-to-school offers

Numerous establishments offer back-to-school promotions and you can save big time if you need to buy new stuff for your kids. If you have more than one kid going to school, then it will be a good deal to just purchase by the bulk as long as the items are going to be used by your kids regardless of their level in school. Just make sure that you secure the requirements’ list from the school before you go loco with bulk-buying of school supplies. You don’t want to end up with so many school things your other kids won’t even be able to use.

 

Cute Name Tags For Kids This School Season

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Summer will be over and next thing we know it, school season is back! Kids will be eager to see their new school books, notebooks and other school supplies ready for the coming school term. And those school supplies are not as complete as they should be without proper covers and of course, seeing their names on their school stuff.

Minted has the answer for that label woes for the kiddos. Their school stuff will be so cool, their friends will surely ask where they ordered those fancy labels. And it’s all from Minted!

Here are nice Minted samples to choose from or you can visit the Minted site for more cool and cute designs perfect for the young ones.


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Airplane custom name label

 

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Cool cats custom name labels

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Patterned heart custom name label

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Monogram tag custom name label

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Kokeshi custom name label

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Pencil box custom name label

 

These are just few of the cool designs you can find in Minted. You may also check out their Back to School offers and the fancy notebooks too to complete their school set. Have fun and let your kids enjoy school with gusto!

Back To School Shopping For Your Kids

Do you have kids that are eager beavers to go back to school?  Buying them school supplies can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin. Here are some tips for back to school shopping for kids while making sure that you stay within your budget.

Conversation starters

One thing a lot of parents worry about is the branding on clothing. at first I was against these, but after I bought a couple, I saw how much fun they had. They actually become the characters on these shirts. For back to school, they’re amazing, especially when kids are in a new school or new classes with new classmates. These will become a talking point. If they’re wearing one of these shirts, maybe another child will come up to them and say, “Hi, I play with those toys. My name is James.” and then they’ll connect with each other.

Find outfits that are going to work for them at school and play, indoor and outdoor and outfits that can stand the wear and tear of child’s play!

 


Ninja – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys T Shirt

Ninja - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys T Shirt


Involve your kids

Some kids would wear a Spiderman outfit every day if you let them.  Kids need to be involved because you actually need them to wear the clothes.

Give them some limited choices. For example, pick three shirt and ask which one they  would like the most, or their what are their favorite colors. Doing this will help make the morning go smooth.

If you have little girls who prefer to wear dresses, allow them to wear pretty dresses and some long socks or leggings too so they won’t get cold.


Youngland – Girl’s Ruffled Tiered Sundress – Floral & Striped Purple 4;5;6

Youngland - Girl's Ruffled Tiered Sundress - Floral & Striped Purple 4;5;6


Lacoste – Kids Short Sleeve Classic Pique Polo

Lacoste - Kids Short Sleeve Classic Pique Polo


Ralph Lauren – Girls 2-6x Big Pony Polo Shirt Druid Navy

Ralph Lauren - Girls 2-6x Big Pony Polo Shirt Druid Navy


Little Label – Lass Girls 2-6X 2 Piece Cheetah Print Legging Set, Pink, 4T

Little Label - Lass Girls 2-6X 2 Piece Cheetah Print Legging Set, Pink, 4T


Nicky’s Gift – Lady Girl Cute Over Knee Winter Socks Thigh High Warm Cotton Long Stockings White

Nicky's Gift - Lady Girl Cute Over Knee Winter Socks Thigh High Warm Cotton Long Stockings White


Invest in footwear

Footwear is a really good investment for your kids. You want to look for shoes that are offering really good support. If they’re indoor shoes, make sure that they’re not going to scuff the surface. Most parents are buying at least two pairs of shoes for their kids –  indoor shoes, outdoor shoes.


Nike – Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier VII

Nike - Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier VII


Nike – Kids Kd 6 Sneaker

Nike - Kids Kd 6 Sneaker


Nike – Kids Kd Vi Sneaker

Nike - Kids Kd Vi Sneaker


Buy wholesale notebooks, pens and pencils if you have more than one kid

If you have more than 1 kid going to school then it will be advisable to buy by the bulk as you get to save more and the kids can split the supplies. Look for coupon deals of offers at department stores or your wholesale retailer to save.


Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm, Yellow, Dozen

Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm, Yellow, Dozen


Dixon Ticonderoga – Beginners Primary Size 2 Pencils With Erasers, Box Of 12, Yellow (13308)

Dixon Ticonderoga - Beginners Primary Size 2 Pencils With Erasers, Box Of 12, Yellow (13308)


Roaring Spring – Paper Ruled and Subject Notebooks Marble Cover Composition Book, Wide Rule, 9-3/4 x 7-1/2, 50 Pages

Roaring Spring - Paper Ruled and Subject Notebooks Marble Cover Composition Book, Wide Rule, 9-3/4 x 7-1/2, 50 Pages


Mead – Acco Ruled and Subject Notebooks Mead Compostion Book with White Paper and Black Cover, Special Ruled, 9 3/4″ x 7 1/2

Mead - Acco Ruled and Subject Notebooks Mead Compostion Book with White Paper and Black Cover, Special Ruled, 9 3/4


Buy bags that are sturdy and easy to carry

Trolley bags are great for smaller kids while back packs are big hits for older kids. Whatever you buy for them, ensure that they are sturdy and the stitchings are well stitched and not fraying.


IRISMARU – Children Peppa Pig Backpacks Kids Cartoon School Bag Bookbag

IRISMARU - Children Peppa Pig Backpacks Kids Cartoon School Bag Bookbag


RUZ – Backpack – Despicable Me 2 – All Hands on Deck New School Bag 090542

RUZ - Backpack - Despicable Me 2 - All Hands on Deck New School Bag 090542


Generic – Durable Rolling Wheel School Backpack Hiking Bag Wheeled – 9 Colors Available (Black/Pink -1318)

Generic - Durable Rolling Wheel School Backpack Hiking Bag Wheeled - 9 Colors Available (Black/Pink -1318)


Sanrio – Girl s Backpack Pink Polka Dots School Rolling Pilot Bag

Sanrio - Girl s Backpack Pink Polka Dots School Rolling Pilot Bag


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Avoid the Back-to-School Hassles and Save Money

Well, summer has ended for my teenager and much as we want to extend her vacation, we all know, that can’t be done. I am a very busy mom and I need to squeeze in time to go to her school and facilitate the purchasing of books and notebooks and payment of school fees for the coming school year.

To avoid any hassle or hiccups along the way, here are tips to avoid any back-to-school hassles and ways to save money on school stuff:

  • If you have enough vacation leave to spare or few hours from work to take off, then do everything you can do in school in one go like buy the school books and notebooks and pay the school fees.
  • Pay the school fees in advance, and if possible and if the budget permits, pay the full school year’s fee. That way, you don’t have to keep coming back every month to settle the bill.
  • Avail of any online payment offered by the school. My daughter’s school is quite up to date in terms of e-commerce. Their school website offers online payments so parents who cannot go to the school to pay personally can do so in the comforts of their homes or offices using the online payment system. The only caveat here is that you will have to pay the fees with your credit card. If you are the pay-in-cash kind of person then you will still have to make time to visit the school personally.
  • Scout for old books from parents you know who have kids in the same school but are more senior. This will save you money from buying the new sets of full books. Ask around your colleagues and if they have friends who study in the same school as your kid. If the books used have not been revised then you may make a bargain by buying the second hand books at a lesser price considering their wear and tear condition.
  • If you have time to spare during the weekend, cover your kids books and notebooks now so you don’t cram come school day.
  • Prepare the uniforms weeks in advance. Press them and hang them in the closet.
  • Shine the school shoes too in advance and keep them neatly stacked in the shoe rack. I don’t normally buy my daughter fancy shoes but something sturdy to last a full school year, and if we’re lucky, for another term. If the shoes are still well-maintained and usable, avoid buying new ones. Just shine them and probably have the soles stitch to reinforce durability that will make the shoes last another school term.
  • Keep the socks bundled by pair to avoid searching last minute for misplaced or missing partner. This will save you time and the agony of searching for the missing sock.
  • Clean the bags from unnecessary clutter and put their notebooks and books ready.
  • If the pens, erasers, rulers and pencils are still usable from last year’s school supplies, then use it again. You will save a significant amount of money by not purchasing another set of unnecessary pens and pencils.
  • Re-use old pencil cases. If they are fabric, just wash them and hang them dry. If they are plastic, clean with a wet and slightly soapy cloth and wipe then hang dry. Try to re-use whatever left over school supplies your kids have from the previous school year.
  • Keep a time chart ready for your kids to fill up once they have their roster. This will help you and your kids to manage your time wisely and stick to a regular study plan.

With all these tips in mind, I hope you and your kids will have a hassle-free back-to-school time. 

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