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Back to School with the New Crayola Colors of the World Crayons!

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School is in full swing for our family! Whether your kids are attending a brick and mortar building for school, or you choose to teach them at home virtually, you will more than likely need school supplies. One of my favorite products to shop for every year is crayons. Of course, only the best will do, and hands down, Crayola  wins every year!

This year, Crayola is excited to announce their new Crayola Colors of the World Crayons. With Colors of the World Crayons, children can fully and accurately represent themselves and the world around them through creativity, imagination and self-expression! The 24 newly formulated colors reflect more than 40 global skin tone shades encompassing three undertones – Rose, Almond & Golden – and range in skin tone colors from Extra Light to Deepest. Colors of the World packaging features color panels and authentic color names to help kids find the shade that best represents themselves. Each crayon is wrapped in a gradient skin tone label, with the color name in English, Spanish and French.

Colors of the World Crayons (32 count): In addition to featuring the 24 new skin tone colors, the Colors of the World 32 count crayon pack features four hair and four eye color crayons – perfect for creating a complete self-portrait.

The 24 count is available on Crayola.com for $2.49, and the 32 count is available exclusively at Walmart for $1.77.

In addition to the Crayola Colors of the World Crayons, you can find other Crayola favorites at retailers nationwide. My son Brady loves the Crayola Sketchpads to create his own unique creations!

Tips for Back to School Shopping & School Supply Price Point List!

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Back to school shopping is in full swing! Whether you are sending your kids to a brick and mortar school or plan on homeschooling them this year, you will more than likely need to purchase some new school supplies and other items. I have several tips and a price point list that will be helpful during this time. Many families are already stressed out enough these days over our current situation, so the last thing that we need to be thinking about is back to school shopping.

Here are a few tips and ideas to help you put together a Back to School Shopping plan:

Tax Free Shopping Days-

Check your local state to see when/if they are participating. Here in the state of Florida, we can take advantage August 7-9. Participating items include:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Take advantage of student discounts-

Best Buy offers exclusive student deals. Just go their website and sign up under the Student Deals page. As an example, you can get a set of Jabra Wireless Earbuds for $20 with the purchase of a chrome book of $299 or more.

Apple is offering a free pair of AirPods with the purchase of a MacBook or iPad.

Amazon offers a Free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime to College Students. After the 6 month trial you will receive 50% off the regular monthly price. You will also receive student-only discounts and offers.

Technology Deals-

This year with more families homeschooling, the cost of back to school shopping is supposed to be at the highest it has been in years. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family will spend over $789 per child this year! This is due to many people having to buy new computers and accessories to go with them. Best Buy currently has an ASUS – 11.6″ Chromebook for $189. That is a super deal considering most stores are already sold out of the better deals on chromebooks and laptops. All of the stores will be competing for the best prices so be sure to shop around. Some stores may even offer a price match so be sure to ask!

Drive Up/Pick Up or Free Shipping with No Minimum- One of my biggest tips for Back to School Shopping 2020 is to utilize Free Drive-Up pick up options and Free Shipping when possible. Stores like Target and Walmart both offer Free Order Online and Drive Up Pick up. You never even have to step foot in the the store. Some stores will even offer an extra discount if you use this service. Staples is currently offering Free Shipping with no minimum purchase. Between these options and the sales, I got both of my boys school supplies for around $50! The best part? I never stepped inside a store!

Get the most bang for your buck- Even if you are shopping from the convenience of your home this year, I still suggest shopping around at different stores to find the best deals. Be aware though, that some stores do have product limits on how many items that you can purchase at one time. In this case, you may need to do several transactions.

 Coupons are still alive and well- I have noticed several coupons both online and in the Sunday newspaper for school supply items. Don’t be afraid to utilize those to help you maximize your budget even more.

School clothes closet sales- Check to see if your kid’s school has a closet sale of uniforms and other items that have been left behind. I just bought my boys’ uniform shirts and jackets (their school has a required logo shirt) that were in like-new condition for only $5 each! My oldest son’s school did a virtual closet sale so we didn’t even have to leave the house.

Stack the savings! This is probably one of my biggest tips for ways that you can save on school supplies. When you stack store promotional offers, coupons and money-saving apps with discounts and rewards you can save BIG! And, don’t forget at places like Target you will save an extra 5% off when you use your Target REDcard! If you don’t have a Target REDcard, consider shopping with a credit card that will earn you cash back or points. Apps like Fetch Rewards allow you to scan your receipt (even online purchases) and to get points for your purchases. Those points can then be redeemed for gift cards and cash.

Masks/Hand Sanitizer/Essentials- This year looks a lot differently in more ways than one. If you are sending your child back to school, masks are more than likely to be required, and the other essentials like Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes will be vital. I would suggest that you shop around for the best prices for these items. I would say that the Hand Sanitizer, Medical Masks, and Wipes can be hard-to-come by so when you see a deal on Amazon or the store, buy then. For the best deal on masks, I would suggest Target. They have a 2-count pack for kids and adults for just $4. Our family has these masks and we like them the best of all the ones that we have tried.

Know the price points of school supplies- and what you should be paying for those items. I have put together a list below of my price points for school supplies. You may be able to find these items even cheaper than I have posted. If you do, stock up!

Below is my list of price points for school supplies. You can view it here and download to print.

 I hope that these tips were helpful as you navigate your Back to School Shopping for 2020!

 

Back to School with Staples!

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I know that Back to School shopping this year is definitely not going to be normal. With that being said, even if you decide to keep your kids at home and homeschool them, they will still need school supplies! I have found some of the best deals around at Staples, and I love that you don’t even have to step foot inside the store! For a limited time, they are offering FREE Shipping with no minimum, so this is a great time to take advantage!

Be sure to check out all of the Back to School deals at Staples, but here are some of my favorites:

TRU RED™ 3″ x 5″ Index Cards, Legal Ruled, White, 100/Pack $0.50

Staples Permanent Glue Sticks, .28 oz., 4/Pack $0.50

Staples 1 Subject Notebook, 8.5″ x 11″, College Ruled, 100 Sheets, Assorted, 3/Pack $0.75

Sharpie® Accent® Pocket Style Highlighters, Narrow Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 5/pk $1.88

TRU RED™ Composition Notebook, 7.5″ x 9.75″, College  or Wide Ruled, 80 Sheets, Assorted Colors $0.50

HP 27yh 3UA74AA#ABA 27″ LED Monitor $119.99

Staples Standard 1″ 3-Ring View Binder Assorted Colors $1.88

TRU RED™ 5″ Kids Pointed Tip Stainless Steel Scissors, Straight Handle, Right & Left Handed, 2/Pack $1.75

Ticonderoga The World’s Best Pencil Wooden Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, Dozen $1.49

Expo Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Point, Black, 4/Pack $2.97

Staples Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 Medium Lead, Dozen $1.49 

TRU RED™ Wide Ruled or College Ruled Filler Paper, 8″ x 10.5″, White, 120 Sheets/Pack $0.75

Crayola® Crayons, 24/Box $0.50

 

 

 

15% Target Purchase Store Coupon!

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Here’s a great Target offer for you!

This Saturday and Sunday 8/24/19 to Sunday 8/25/19, you will receive a coupon for 15% off a Future Shopping trip (in stores only) between September 3-14 when you spend $10 on school supplies! How awesome is that? If the kiddos still need some school supplies or if you want to stock up on a few items to get you through the year, this is a great time to do so! GO HERE to see more details of the offer. 

Welcome ABC Action News Viewers!

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**If you missed the segment, feel free to watch it HERE.

A warm welcome to ABC Action News viewers! This weekend is a huge back to school shopping holiday for us here in Florida!

If you have not already started your back to school shopping for the kiddos, now is the time to do so! With the tax free weekend, many stores will be offering great sales and promotional offers, so this may be a great time to finish up your shopping while taking advantage of the sales. You can see my previous post HERE on the guidelines for Tax Free Shopping this weekend and the items that will be included.

While it may be more challenging these days to find good deals on school supplies, there are still ways that it can be done.

Here are a few tips to help as you plan your back to school shopping:

  • Start your shopping early and have a plan of action. Have the kid’s back to school list handy and know exactly what items that you are looking for. You don’t want to be shopping for items the week for school starts. Shopping early not only alleviates stress, but it allows you to score the best deals!
  • Shop at several stores to get the most bang for your buck. I often find that if you spend your entire budget at one store, you will end up spending more than you had originally planned. This does require some time and effort, but it is worth it! Purchase the newspaper on Sunday and see what stores have the best deals for the items on your kids’ school supply list and make a plan of action from there.
  • Be aware of limits on products. Many stores will limit the amount of products that you can purchase if there a special discount on that item. For example, you may only be able to purchase 5 notebooks for $0.10 each per person. Plan to take several people with you if you need more than the required limit.
  • Coupons are still alive and well! I have noticed several coupons both online and paper for school supply items. Don’t be afraid to utilize those to help you maximize your budget even more! For example, there was coupon in the newspaper this past Sunday for $1.50 off 2 BIC Stationery products. BIC Pens are priced around $1 at most stores so this coupon will get you 2 packs of pens for just $0.50! And, $0.25 per package of pens is definitely a stock up price and under my price point per package! (please keep in mind that most coupons now have a limit on them)
  • Have a product swap with friends. You may be surprised of the items that you have laying around the house that are brand new school supplies. Get your friends together and see what they have. You could save a few dollars and have a fun time doing it!
  • Thrift Stores– You can find some great hidden gems at your local thrift store! I have seen items with the tags still attached for a fraction of the price that you would pay at your local store.
  • School clothes closet sales. Check to see if your kid’s school has a closet sale of uniforms and other items that have been left behind. I just bought my boys’ uniform shirts and jackets (their school has a required logo shirt) that were in like-new condition for only $5 each!
  • Stack the savings! This is probably one of my biggest tips for ways that you can save on school supplies. When you stack store promotional offers and coupons with discounts and rewards you can save BIG! And, don’t forget at places like Target you will save an extra 5% off when you use your Target REDcard! If you don’t have a Target REDcard, consider shopping with a credit card that will earn you cash back or points.
  •  Know the price points of school supplies and what you should be paying for those items. I have put together a list below of my price points for school supplies. You may be able to find these items even cheaper than I have posted. If you do, stock up! You can click on the image below or print the list HERE and keep it with you for when you are shopping!

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Florida Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2019 August 2-6

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Florida Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2019 is almost here! This year we have 5 days (August 2-6) to take advantage of the holiday! During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.

Clothing and Accessories $60 and under

Diapers (this is a great time to stock up for the little ones!)

Fitness Clothing

Handbags, Purses, Wallets

Backpacks, Book Bags and Lunch Boxes

Shoes (including athletic)

Bicycle Helmets

Swimsuits and Swim Trunks

 

School Supplies $15 and under

Notebooks, Paper, Folders, Notebook Filler Paper, Graph Paper

Calculators

Compasses, Rulers, Protractors, Scissors, Staplers and Staples 

Pens, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters

Poster Board, Constructions Paper

Glue, Paste and Tape

For all of the details and to see everything included, you can GO HERE to the Florida Revenue site.

Stock up Price on Elmer’s Glue Sticks!

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Hop on over to Amazon where they seem to have one of the best prices around right now on Elmer’s Glue Sticks! Pick up this Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack for only $6.63! That makes each stick just $0.22! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

HOT Stock up Price on 150 AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils!

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Wow! If you are a teacher or want to stock up on pencils for the school year, this is a fantastic deal for pre-sharpened pencils! Amazon is offering the AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack for only $9.99! That makes each pencil just $0.07 each which is definitely a stock up price for pre-sharpened pencils! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Stock up Price on Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes!

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Great for Back to School or to keep in your purse or vehicle! Amazon has the Wet Ones Citrus Antibacterial Hand and Face Wipes Singles, 24-Count (Pack of 5) for only $5.79 shipped when you clip the $2.70 digital coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save. That is a great stock up price for this product! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Office Depot/Office Max: Huge $10 Backpack Sale + Other Back to School Deals!

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If you still need to do some back to school shopping, Office Depot and Office Max have some great deals on backpacks and other deals! Right now, they are offering a doorbuster deal where backpacks and even select backpacks with lunch boxes are only $10! And, you can choose Free in-store pick up if available at a store near you. (limit 2 per customer)

A few other noteworthy deals:

Crayola Crayons 24 count 3 for $0.99 (limit 6)

Elmer’s Glue 3 for $0.99 (limit 6)

Spiral Notebooks College and Wide Ruled $0.25 (limit 4)

+ much more!