Why It's Time for My Kids to Go Back to School

I have a history of loving Summer. I loved Summer as a kid because, well, duh. Then, after 18 years of schooling, I decided to stay in school and teach. I loved Summer as a teacher because, well, duh. And the whole Summer deal was sweetened by the fact that my birthday occurs during it....more
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Banana Coconut Muffins

School is right around the corner and I’m not sure I’m ready for it…...more

Spend Less Save More: Game Plan for Back to school Savings

A week before you head out, ask your kids to do some "window shopping" by visiting the web sites of their favorite stores. Check for sales in the fliers in Sunday's paper or on your favorite shopping blogs.Make a List...more

7 Ways to Save Money on School Supplies

It's the most exciting time of the year for bargain shoppers who have kids in school (or for anyone who likes cheap office supplies). For some people, school supply shopping is a big, fun, traditional spending spree. It was for my mom and me. But I’ve made this time of year into a big, fun, traditional savings spree. We watch the sales fliers each week, gather our quarters and our school supply list, and see how little we can spend to get the things we need. On our best year, we spent only $9 on school supplies. ...more
Over the years, I've also learned to buy quality products that last more than just 1 school year ...more

Spend Less Save More: Tax Free Weekend for Back School

Save Your ReceiptIf you buy an item and discover it goes on sale shortly after you’ve purchased it, many stores will grant you a price adjustment. Simply show your receipt and the store will refund you the difference Check out our policy page for details on your favorite store’s policy....more

Spend Less Save More : Back to School Saving Tips

Check Weekly Sales Now that it’s prime back-to-school shopping time, the circulars in Sunday papers will be full of great savings on supplies and clothes from national chains like Target, Wal-Mart and your local grocery store. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out any and every coupon you could use, then create a coupon book to keep you organized....more

Back To School Fashions - The Children's Place

The Children’s PLACE at L.A. Farmers MarketOn July 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate the premiere of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel by meeting the show’s creators; Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. The first 50 attendees will take home a one-of-a-kind hand drawn illustration. Radio Disney will sponsor a dance party where guests will meet Phineas, Ferb and Perry the Platypus. The Children’s PLACE is giving away a free school supply kit, while supplies last, with the purchase of any Marvel or Phineas and Ferb licensed tees for all kids, sizes 4 to 14....more

5 Steps To Eliminate The Back To School Madness

There are officially sixteen days until the first day of school, not that I’m counting. Because I allowed (forced) myself to live a care free Summer, the daunting task of preparing for a new school year is sending fear throughout my being. I have had the fortune of multiple mistakes in the all of the years of being a parent to school aged children. This year I have implemented five steps to eliminate most of the back to school madness.Step One: Establish a Routine...more

Back to School Breakdown

I’m here to bust some myths, people. Now that school is back in session mothers aren’t worrying about whether they bought the right Toughskins and Trapper Keepers for their kids. They aren’t fretting over whether Jasper will be okay on the bus, or if the lunches they packed reflect the new food pyramid. (There IS a new food pyramid, you know. But I figure it’s like the metric system and won’t ever really catch on.)...more

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