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Back To School Giveaway

It is almost that time of year ... when moms do the happy dance, kids find themselves anxious and excited (don't let them kid you!) and dads are wondering why the credit card bill is so high.

New backpacks, new pencils, new folders, new glue, new pencil boxes, school fees, new clothes, new shoes, new lunch boxes, sports fees... my credit card bill just hurts thinking about it all.  The list is seemingly endless.

How do you save money this time of year?


Continue Reading to learn about our Back to School Giveaway from SitterCity for our Military Families.


Let us know (as a comment on this blog post) and we'll enter your name into a drawing for a $20 gift card to WalMart from SitterCity. We have five cards to give. Let's share all our ideas and help military families be financially ready families.


Did you recently PCS?  Need to explore new child care options?  Be sure to use your free membership from the DoD to SitterCity (for Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force families).  Thank you SitterCity for supporting out Military Families.




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36 comments:

  1. I'll be honest with you I don't buy new lunch boxes every year, even new scissors or pencil boxes. I wait for clearance right after the school year starts and grab up supplies to store away. Then when the next year starts first we 'shop' in our linen closet (which holds a shelf of extra supplies that I got on sale)

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  2. I've been shopping the clearance racks for back to school clothes. Also, this weekend is the tax free holiday in my state so that's a good time to shop.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

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  3. I try to re-use some school supplies if I can. This year I am re-using my son's lunchbox, pencil box and plastic folders. I also try to shop after the school year has started when things start going on clearance.

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  4. i like to shop at walmart they have good deals
    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  5. I use coupons when shopping

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  6. shopping early, use coupons take advantage of tax free if possible

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  7. Shop early and shop sales online with free shipping option and cashback sites.

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  8. I use price matching!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  9. i only buy what is on sale! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  10. I shop around,compare prices, thrift stores, and garage sales.
    rjwashington2000@yahoo.com

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  11. I use, reuse and recycle my kids school supplies from last year.

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  12. I shop at the Commissary and use coupons for everything I can
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  13. Goodwill and other second had shops. Also, I scan craigslist and the "freecycle" board throughout the year for school supplies. Free binders and notebooks abound.

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  14. I shop at consignment shops and trade in clothes and toys my kids have outgrown for credit

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  15. I save money by buying supplies when they are on sale. I buy clothes throughout the year to keep from having to do it all at once. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. This year we are looking for the best sales. We are also going to try and reuse supplies from last year that are in good condition!

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  17. To save money this time of year, I sort through our past school supplies stash first before shopping for new items, then I watch the commercials and sales fliers for the best prices on school supplies.

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  18. I go through closets to see what I've stocked up on that I don't have to buy again, reuse what is still in good shape, and watch the sale flyers and buy when school supplies are on a great sale.

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  19. we use coupons and shop on ebay
    Amanda Sakovitz

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  20. In order to save money, I use coupons, shop the clearance racks, and go through our old school supplies before buying new ones. Oftentimes my son brings home enough at the end of the year to knock out at least half of the new school years list.

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  21. I save money by clipping coupons and shopping deals..but I also recycle my money by having yard sales and house sales were I sale old and gentlely used clothes and shoes.I also buy in bulk.

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  22. i wait unlitt after the first week of school to shop for supplies, sometimes the school will donate stuff to the kids and if they dont I hit walmart and the sales are crazy good cuz school allready started. Our local dollar store is great for most things ~ but clothes are the killer for us (2 teenagers)

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  23. I try to buy used as much as possible.

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  24. We use coupons and shop sales. Only bought one backpack this year since our daughter's was still like new.

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  25. Make sure to check out what we have first then check out sales to find best prices

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  26. I save money in the long run by never using a credit card. When I am out of money, well, I just don't buy anything else. It's funny what you think you can't do without until you try. I also dug out all old odds and ends of school supplies and you know, we actually have a ton of perfectly good paper, pencils, and glue sticks. I will also buy second hand uniforms and cook from scratch more rather than eating out or buying prepackaged meals. We can eat for several days on chicken or meatloaf and fresh vegetables on what we'd spend for one big dinner out, and it's healthier as well.

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  27. We PCS every year...so my oldest who is happy with his backpack, is using it again for the 5th year in a row!! AND it was a hand me down from a favorite cousin!! I also don't buy everything on the required school supply list. Show me a 6th grader who actually uses 10 (yes TEN) glue sticks in a year, and I'll show you a wasteful child who needs to figure out how to make less go farther!! My son is being sent in with 2 glue sticks and instructions to tell me when he needs replacement sticks!

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  28. Once the kids go back to school, most stores will clearance out a lot of their school supplies. I stock up on supplies for the following school year. I can usually get pens, pads, pencils, and stuff like that for about ten cents a pack! If we happen to run out of something during the year, we always have plenty on hand to replenish. If not, we are well stocked for the next school year!

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  29. I shop the sales rack for clothings and stock up on basic school supplies when on sale.

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  30. Shop the clearance racks and use coupons when available.

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  31. I go to the office supply stores when they have the 1cent sales and stock up as much as the limits will allow! Heather benton had5780@yahoo.com

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  32. Coupons are the way to go plus sales at staples,office supply, and Walmart . Gisela Lalin kevin.lalin@yahoo.com

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  33. Coupons all year round and shopping the clearance racks at the end of each season

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  34. I also go through our leftover school supplies. After separating colored pencils, regular pencils, checking markers, etc, I realize we still have a lot of usable supplies. Also, I like to get large binders from thrift shops. Shopping sales and Wal Mart for the remainder.

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  35. Coupons, tax free weekend, and only buying what's truly necessary.

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