In honor of my school district’s first day of school today… here is a list of back to school items for those things you inevitably forgot or got wrong. Cheers to another year of school, learning and fun! I hope you all took advantage of some of the fabulous back-to-school deals that your local stores offered. I cringe at paying $4+ for a pack of markers mid-school year, so I took the opportunity to stock up on $0.50 crayons and $1.40 markers. The average parent spends $634.78 for new school year items. I hope it is considerably less with help from us at The Frugal Find!
Brain Quest Workbook – Not because your kids need more work, but because they need more you! A good way to incorporate some learning time with quality parent time. Finding interesting, fun materials can inspire or fuel a love of learning and reading in children. Help your kiddos see the fun and rewarding side of learning! $7.99 each.
Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit – Every year it seems to be a struggle finding new, easy, and nutritious lunch and snack options. Kids don’t always have the most varied palete, but they definitely can get tired of the same old thing. Parents have to worry about cost, ease, nutrition, and variety. Minus the potential salmonella recall (quasi-humor), these have always been a hit with my family and are an easy snack if your kids don’t want a smushed banana or when the fruit bowl runs dry.
High Sierra Riprap Backpack – A good backpack can last your child years. No need to buy one annually! Even though getting a new backpack yearly is more fun, but I digress. This Riprap backpack seems to have excellent reviews and is a good price point at $18.99. Not a huge selection, but there were some varied color choices.
Papermate/Sharpie/Expo Writing Executive Pack 33pcs – What is it about writing utensils? I know a lot of people who have an obsession with new pens and markers. I know I’m not the only one! This is a great value at $12.59 for 33 pieces of name brand highlighters, markers, mechanical pencils, and erasers. The pack is also varied enough that you may actually use all these items and not be left with a drawerful of unused items that still won’t appease your need for more. (This is not just me, right?!?! I’ve seen other people’s pen/pencil/marker stashes!)
Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit – And so we all don’t go crazy with back to school followed closely by the holiday season and then the New Year… YOGA!! A two DVD workout set with yoga strap and block. All you’ll need is the mat and some partial peace and quiet. Yoga can lower blood pressure, tone your body, decrease aches and pains, and even help with better sleep. $14.99 is a few dollars more than most single program yoga DVDs and you get the block and strap included. Take some needed me-time!