3 Tips for Saving on Back to School Shopping

September is just around the corner and it's hard to believe I'll be sending my son off to Kindergarten. Am I going to cry? Absolutely! But, it will also be amazing to see him spread his wings and make new friends. I have a few weeks left until that day, and right now, I'm thinking about back to school shopping. Here are a few great tips that I want to share:

1) Being green can save you money. The days of brown paper bags filled with plastic water bottles and plastic baggies are gone. There are so many cool new options for reusable kid-friendly snack pouches and lunch containers. Filling up reusable containers can save you money and reduce waste.

Think about it... 3 plastic bags per day x 5 days per week x 50 weeks per year = 750 plastic bags. If you buy three reusable pouches or containers, you'll be saving money and the environment. It's a win/win!

2) Don't underestimate the power of labels. My little guy loses his glasses all the time. They're typically somewhere in our yard or around the house. But, recently, he left them at the playground and I had no idea where they were. If it wasn't for a tiny little label that I stuck on the inside arm of his glasses, we never would have gotten them back. It would have been $150 gone!

The cost of replacing lost glasses, jackets, hats and other school supplies can add up. Personalized labels may seem like a luxury, but protecting your child's belongings is priceless. It saves you time and money!

3) Don't be afraid to buy in bulk. Now is the time to get those awesome back to school deals. A few months from now, you probably won't see crayons for 50 cents or markers for $2, so buy extra while they're on sale. You will be glad you did.

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