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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!

Organize Your School Locker

It’s back to school time and everybody’s preparing their stuff for the big school day.  For some students who own a locker or want to have one, it is time to think of decorating and organizing your locker to help you stay as efficient as possible during the hectic school year.  These products will help you declutter, stay focused and well-organized.

 

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet - Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board – $8.46, 5.58 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

International Solutions - Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

The locker organizer with mirror holds all those little things that get lost at the bottom of the locker. Two pockets a mirror and a zipper pocket will keep things organized.

International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror – $18.95, 5.23 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

The Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin is a great place to store pens, pencils, notepads, index cards, a pocket calculator, hair accessories and personal care items

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin – $6.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H

Container Store - 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4

Maximize vertical space in your locker with our ingenious Janus Locker Shelf. Two adjustable shelves provide multiple levels of storage for books, notebooks and school supplies.

 

Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H – $24.99, 9.45 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4

A great place to store pens, pencils and personal care items. A mirror provides a place to check your look between classes. Super-strong magnets on the back keep it securely in place.

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H – $7.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

This stacking bin can also be a good addition to your school locker to neatly stack up and maximize the space. You can put small items here like your pens and scissors, erasers or other trinkets you may use for school.

 

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue – $2.73, Free shipping – Available at Global Industrial


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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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Grades Revealed

I got the report card of my daughter. The verdict – Above Average. Well, I am happy that she challenged herself to do well this time as compared to the 1st term where her grades were abysmally disappointing! They were not failed marks but I knew in my heart that she could have done even better.

I am quite relieved that she pulled her grades up, except for Arabic which is still the same. I won’t blame her because Arabic is really hard. Her French was still down but I am not sure if she will take this language in Grade 9. Anyway, the prime subjects which are Math, Science, English and Computer Studies are all high marks. She even got 94 in Computer Studies and 91 in English. Math was still not as high as I want it to be like between 85 to 90 but she can improve on this.

Grade 9 will be a mix of basic Accounting, Economics and advance level of Computer subjects. Few collegiate subjects will be introduced until she reaches Grade 13. So, this time she has to really put all her energy into her studies because her primary role is to be a student. I expect nothing less from her this time. I think she can do well and I will certainly make sure that she does.

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