Save on Back to School Shopping with Goodwill

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How is it time for Back to School already? I know some of your kids already went back but mine won’t start until after Labor Day. Can I just say that I feel like a major procrastinator, because I am totally not ready? Well, I am done with the supply shopping, but I haven’t bought the kids very many clothes or shoes yet. I am planning a big trip to Goodwill very soon to get all of our Back to School shopping finished. I like to shop there because I get them name brand clothes at a great price and it helps the community at the same time. I am pretty picky and can find some really nice, gently used clothes and shoes that last them quite a while.

This Back-to-School season will cost parents hundreds of dollars. The Nation Retail Federation says this year the average family with school-aged children will spend about $674.00 on back to school clothing and supplies. That is 10% more than last year. College aged students expect to shell out nearly $900.00.

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Take a quick look at Goodwill clothes prices for kids/youth compared to typical department store prices. This year parents can get an “A+” in shopping.

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Goodwill also has new and donated school supplies such as backpacks and books, dorm room finds and electronics. When shopping in any of the 51 Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette stores – revenue directly goes to support local persons in need of free job services or job training in NW and Central OR and SW WA. Last year alone, more than 530,000 services were provided to people with barriers to employment. Persons, for example, who might have educational or language difficulties, physical disability, and broken work histories. Save money, get kids the stuff they want, be good to the planet and lend a hand to your neighbors in need. That’s a great start to a good school year!

When you shop at Goodwill, you are helping support Goodwill’s mission of providing vocational opportunities to people with barriers to employment by giving them free career training and development, English classes and help getting citizenship, and also helping them find job opportunities and much more. You can find more information about Goodwill and their Job Connection page, on the Goodwill Facebook Page and on Twitter.

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Back to School with Oriental Trading


It seems like every year, back to school shopping sneaks up on me. I know some of your kids have already gone back, but mine won’t start until after Labor Day. I’m grateful for the extra couple of weeks because I truly need it to get all of the school shopping done for my three kids. After all, we’re not only talking about the seemingly never ending lists of supplies, but also clothes, shoes, haircuts, etc. I feel like we’ve been so busy this summer, and while I do love a good sale and all, sometimes I just like to save my time and energy by buying as much as possible at one time.

One of my favorite places to get a chunk of the school supplies is Oriental Trading. They have a huge selection of school supplies and the best part is that I don’t have to leave the house. I love doing this because you’re basically buying in bulk, which means you have leftovers. For me, this means that I have less to buy the next year. Or, if you’re not the stockpiling kind, you can always donate the leftovers.

Here is what I picked up this year.
Elmer’s® School Disappearing Glue Sticks: Comes in a pack of 12.


Pacon® Composition Book Wide Ruled: You can order just one of these, but we needed three so, I got three.

Pencil Boxes: These are pretty sturdy and come in a pack of 12.
Mood Rulers: These are just for fun and also come in a pack of 12.


Fidget Busy Blocks: You get 6 of these in a pack. In my opinion they are better than fidget spinners and I have enough that we can use some for those birthday parties that come up over the school year.


Crayola® Washable Pip-Squeaks® & Paper Set: This comes individually, as do most of the Crayola products.

Still needing a few school supplies, or haven’t started shopping yet? Be sure to check out Oriental Trading. You’ll get free shipping on your order of $49 or more. Click here to shop.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this post. All opinions stated are my own.


For more must have items for school, be sure to check out my Back to School Guide.

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Amazon: Save Up to 40% on Crayola


Still have some back to school shopping to do? Today only, Amazon offers up to 40% on Crayola products. Deals include packs for each grade.

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Back to School Supply Shopping with Oriental Trading Co.

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It’s amazing how fast the summer is flying by. It’s already time to think about back to school supply shopping for the kids. I know some of your kids have already had to go back. I can be a bit of a procrastinator, so I really appreciate the extra couple of weeks that I get to finish getting everything together. With three kids, not only do these supplies add up, but it’s also time-consuming. I have found that it’s just easier, and faster, to buy in bulk for some items.

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Oriental Trading Co. is one of my favorite places to order items in bulk. They have a huge selection of items to choose from. Whether you are a teacher or parent, you should be able to pick up the basics here on a budget.

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This year, I was able to pick up a big chunk of items from the kid’s lists. In fact, this is more than they will need for the year. I don’t see this as a problem because I can either a.) save some for next year, or b.) donate the extra.

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I am not personally picky about brand, but some of the schools are. Crayola products are the most requested brand that I see. Oriental Trading carries them in the single pack. No need to buy bulk, unless you want to. Dry erase markers are a must for the teachers, and glue sticks are also in high demand.

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Other common teacher requests for the elementary kids are these Rainbow Pocket Folders. All of these come in a pack, so I won’t need to go to the store and dig through them to find the right colors.

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My middle school aged son is always in need of erasers and highlighters, and is it just me, or does anyone else never seem to have enough pencil sharpeners hanging around? My kids love to play the “My pencil is dull” card when it’s time to do homework. I am certain that this will not be an issue this school year.

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And of course, let not forget the scissors. Every elementary school child needs scissors. These Plastic & Metal School Scissors will work nicely and my kids can pick their favorite color before  I donate the rest to the school.

Still needing a few school supplies, or haven’t started shopping yet? Be sure to check out Oriental Trading. You’ll get free shipping on your order of $49 or more. Click here to shop.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this post. All opinions stated are my own.

For more must have items for school, be sure to check out my Back to School Guide.

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Back to School with Vamousse Lice Treatment & Giveaway (Ends 9/6)

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Today I am going to talk about something unpleasant: Headlice. With the kids heading back to school, this is usually when we as moms start worrying about germs, colds and flus and the like. Unfortunately, coughs and sneezes might not be all that kids can catch. Headlice, while not life threatening is just a terrible thing. It’s hard to get rid of once you have it and if you have more than one child, the odds of everyone getting it are good. And just recently, I heard news about how some states have been plagued with an even harder to kill lice super-bug. Isn’t that lovely? I think it’s better to just prevent if you can (and there is a way) and have an easy way to deal with it should you need to.

Did you know that when your children are exposed to lice, symptoms, if any, typically take 2 – 4 weeks to show up, meaning that a person with head lice has potentially been sharing those lice for weeks before their infestation is detected.

Luckily for me, so far, none of my kids have ever gotten lice (knock on wood), but the second that I hear that it’s going around the school, I will be bringing out the Vamousse Lice Defense shampoo. This is a gentle, daily use shampoo great for use by the whole family as a replacement to your everyday shampoo in order to defend against head lice infestation. The active ingredient Natrum Muriaticum (sodium chloride) is used to kill lice by dehydration. It’s safe and non toxic, so no need to worry. It’s also pesticide free as it is homeopathic.

If the worst does happen and your child does get lice, Vamousse Lice Treatment can be used which kills 100% lice and eggs in 15 minutes by dehydration in just one treatment. It includes a professional steel comb. Vamousse is clinically proven up to 100% effective with treatment and combing. As the name indicates, it is a mousse product, which allows for a quick and precise application. It is non-toxic and pesticide free, and safe for children 2 years and older.

Buy it: Get prepared for back to school time with Vamousse products. They can be purchased at a retailer near you. Click here to find a location.

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Hot Deal! The Children’s Place Kids Denim $6 Shipped Today Only

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Today only, The Children’s Place is offering kids jeans for $7.50. Use code BTSDMFY20 to get 20% off, bringing your cost to $6. Shipping is free. If you haven’t already stocked up for back to school, this is a great time to do it. Click here to shop.

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Pirate’s Booty Back-to-School 6 pack Giveaway (Ends 8/23)

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Arrrr you ready for back to school mateys? When ye be preparin’ your child’s lunch box be sure to pack it full ‘o Pirate’s Booty snacks before they set sail on the big yellow ship (aka the school bus). These are my kids absolute favorite snack! They literally jumped for joy when they saw that I received some samples recently.

The Aged White Cheddar is made from puffed rice and corn, blended with real aged white cheddar cheese and baked perfectly to pirate standards. These are a snack you can feel good about giving your kids because Pirate’s Booty is a deliciously baked, all-natural snack, with half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips. Pirate’s Booty is gluten, peanut and tree-nut free, so it’s safe for kids with allergies and their classmates too. Pirate’s Booty is made without trans-fats and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Also, it’s more convenient than ever, as Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar now comes in half-ounce size multi-packs that are only 65-calories per pack!

Buy it: Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar one-ounce 6-packs are available at retailers nationwide.

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Mealtime Magic Cookbook: Delicious Dinners in Half the Time Review & Giveaway (Ends 8/23)

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With back to school time comes all the hustle and bustle of routine which includes dinner time. During the busy school week, it’s so easy to get caught in the trap of feeling too busy to cook. What if there was a way to not only spend fewer hours in the kitchen, but also help you save around $500 a year? What if I told you that the answer is available in the form of a cookbook?

Mealtime Magic: Delicious Dinners in Half the Time by Amy Houts is an award-winning cookbook, where the author shares her time-tested, proven method of intentional planning to provide delicious, home-cooked meals and spend fewer hours in the kitchen. There are over 200 pages of recipes with clear, detailed directions will help your cooking earn rave reviews even from picky eaters. Many of the recipes are multicultural to represent the melting pot if the USA. In the book, you will find typical American fare such as Chicken ‘n Dumplings and Beef Pot Pie as well as Italian dishes, Mexican food and Asian cuisine too.

The system is not like any other I have seen before. It basically teaches you how to plan ahead so that you end up with up to 3 nights worth of dinners. This is perfect for me because I really lack creativity when it comes to cooking. I find the book very practical and the combinations of meals that you end up making are well thought out. Here is an example of one of the three day meal plans. Day 1: Asian Chicken Salad Day 2: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Day 3: Rainy Day Chicken-Rice Soup. I think this is great, because there is less food waste involved and your family ends up eating healthier in the process. You also end up spending less, because there are less of those nights where you end up getting fast food because you don’t have a meal plan.

Buy it: If you’d like to simplify dinner time, be sure to check out Mealtime Magic.  You can order your copy here.

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