How To Save Big on Back to School Supplies

Save on back to School Supplies
Save on back to School Supplies

Like most moms are you fearing back to school time because of the expense of school supplies?  Here are some quick tips on saving big money on academic supplies

  • Use the List – most schools and teachers will put out a list of required and suggested supplies for the school year  – you can either download these on the school websites, or find copies in the local stores.  Get this list as soon as possible and map out your spending priorities.  See what you need to buy new and what you can re-use from last year.  Make your “new” shopping list before heading out to the store
  • Stick to the list – Once you have your essential list, make sure you stick to it – just having a list will prevent impulse purchasing but if you go with your tweens, make sure they know they have to stick to the list.  If there is something not on the school supply list that they really want, allow them to purchase it with their own money, or a special back to school stipend.
  • Tax- Free holidays – make use of the fact that many states now have a tax-exempt week just prior to back to school time.  This could mean that many, if not all, of your school supplies will be tax free – and this could save you up to 10% off your total bill.
  • Shop Online – Use the internet to scour for deals at the big retail chains.  You can sign up for e-coupons on school supplies or even find out if there are any free shipping deals – saving you a trip to the store entirely!

With these simple back to school money saving tips, going shopping for school supplies with for your tween can be easy and cost effective.  And soon, you’ll be looking forward to the rumble of school buses in the morning – without the fear of blowing your budget.

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Saving On Back To School Clothes Shopping For Tweens

Save on Back to School Clothes for Tweens
Save on Back to School Clothes for Tweens

It’s back to school clothes shopping time. And that means most tweens are eager to hit the mall to check out and buy the latest styles.  You however have a budget to stick to.  So how can you save on clothes shopping this year?  Follow these tips for a budget friendly back to school shopping spree.

  • Go Second Hand – Don’t be afraid to check out thrift shops and consignment stores, especially ones that specialize in children’s clothing.  You will be surprised at the quality of clothes and you may even find things with the original price check on it.  While this season’s latest styles may not be there, you might find some great deals on classics like jean jackets, coats and sweaters.
  • Love those Hand Me Downs – Don’t limit yourself to the kids in your family.  Create a network of friends with slightly older (or bigger) kids who would be willing to pass along last year’s styles.  This way you’ll get gently used clothes that aren’t too out of date.
  • Go Virtual – Use the internet to bargain shop.  If your tween finds a must have item in a magazine or a store, go online and try to locate it on sale or with some other incentives, like BOGO (by one, get one free).
  • Basics Stock Up – Just like you wouldn’t pass up a great deal at the grocery store, keep an eye out for a chance to stock up on basic wardrobe items like tees, tanks and stocks.  You may find these throughout the year, or at end of season sales.  This way you will have the simple items covered and you can  allocate your clothing budget for more of the items your children really want.

The fall means back to school clothing shopping time.  By following these tips above, you can be sure your budget will stretch a lot farther.

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Dorie Dilts: Dumped by Popular Demand Part 1

The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts
The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts

Hey GirlMoguls! I’m so excited about this month’s other  book club read, Dumped by Popular Demand by P.G. Kain. It’s part of the series called “The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts.” Dorie Dilts is a girl just like you and me, who is going through school and being affected by the social aspects of school. She is super smart and quick, and best of all, loves science! Her fascination in science applies to every part of her life, even the social parts. She keeps her journal with her at all times, because as alls scientists know, inspiration can come from anything at any time!

This novel, Dumped by Popular Demand, begins with Dorie describing her experience in middle school. She talks about how the most popular girl in school, Amanda Donohue, sat next to her in Spanish class. When she saw Amanda and her family while on vacation, she did even recognize Dorie even though she had been borrowing school supplies and sitting next to Dorie all year! But, like music to Dorie’s ears, her parents tell her and her brother that they have to move from California to New Jersey. Most kids would find this upsetting, but Dorie knew that this would be the perfect chance to reinvent herself and finally become popular.

After moving to New Jersey, Dorie finds some basic similarities between the two states. She finds that above all, the malls are exactly the same. I thought it was really funny when she said once you’re inside the mall, you could be anywhere in the country! It’s so true! But, that’s where she found her inspiration for her ultimate social experiment- Dorie was going to become popular. She began by examining everything girls her age were buying, and created a point system to rate the items they purchased. She then calculated the most popular clothes for girls her age that appeared to be popular, bought them, and wore the best outfit on the first day of school. What happens? Holly, the most popular girl in Dorie’s new school, Holly, wears the SAME exact outfit! Talk about social torture. Dorie suffers the blistering heat by drawing a heavy jacket over her outfit for the whole day. That is so sad. Here are some suggested reading questions to consider after reading the first part of the book, up to chapter 5:

What are some of the important aspects of Dorie’s experiment that are necessary to note for later conclusions?

Why do you think Dorie’s first attempt at popularity did not work out?

What could she have done differently?

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