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This page features back to school tips for parents. Ideas to help you save money on school clothes and school supplies, as well as organize and prepare for the start of the school year.

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Best Time to Buy Back to School Clothes?This is my daughter's second year of school. She will be in the first grade. Is it less expensive to buy her clothes now or after school starts? She already has one new outfit to wear for the first day. - Jennifer

 

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Finding a Cheer Squad Sponsor?When your child is in cheer, there are many expenses and obligations. Sometimes, you can find a business that is willing to help shoulder the burden. This is a page about finding a cheer squad sponsor.

 

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Finding Sponsors for Daughter's Cheerleading Activities?Is there anyone that can help point me in the right direction. I am looking for companies or organizations that sponsor cheer-leaders. We live in the northern Virginia area. My daughter is 15 years old and she has been a cheerleader since she was 6 years old, cheering for 2 different all-star teams.

 

Finding a Sponsor for a School Leadership Conference Trip

Finding a Sponsor for a School Leadership Conference Trip?This is a page about finding a sponsor for a school leadership conference. It is not uncommon for a student to be invited to participate in an event, but the school is unable to cover the cost of travel, boarding, etc. for that student to be able to attend. Finding a sponsor can help defray the costs of an expensive activity.

 

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Have a Kids Jacket SwapKids seem to grow overnight, outgrowing their clothing before it has time to get worn out. One way to save money on replacing their too small jackets is to plan a jacket swap. This is a page about have a kids jacket swap.

 

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Eating Breakfast Before SchoolThis is a page about eating breakfast before school. Studies have shown that students perform better in school if they eat breakfast. Busy schedules sometimes make this a difficult task.

 

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Decorating Your School LockerThis is a page about decorating your school locker. Decorating with photos, magnets, artwork or inspirational phrases will personalize your storage locker space at school.

 

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School Bus SafetyThis is a page about school bus safety. The driver of and passengers on a school bus must work together to ensure their safety.

 

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Tips for the First Day of SchoolThis page contains tips for the first day of school. Children who are used to being home often find it a stressful time adjusting to leaving mom and dad for school.

 

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Getting Your Children to Do HomeworkSetting up a routine to complete their after school studies, will help your child succeed. This page is about getting your child to do homework.

 

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Saving Money on Sports Equipment for SchoolThis is a page about saving money on sports equipment for school. If your child plays sports at school, there are a lot of expenses for equipment. Finding ways to save on this equipment is important especially if they play more than one sport or you have more than one child.

 

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Preparing Kids for Going Back to SchoolThis is a page about preparing kids for going back to school. When Summer starts coming to an end, it's time to get the kids ready for going back to school. Shopping for clothes, school supplies and getting rid of old items are all on the agenda.

 

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Saving Money on School UniformsThis is a page about saving money on school uniforms. Uniforms make getting your kids ready for school easier, but they can be quite pricey. There are options out there that can ease the financial burden on parents when it comes to buying uniforms.

 

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Saving Money on School SuppliesThis is a page about saving money on school supplies. Every year, the list of school supplies seems to get longer. There are ways to minimize the expense of school supplies while still getting everything your child needs.

 

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Donate Leftover School SuppliesDo your children come home the last day of school with overflowing backpacks from cleaning out their lockers, cubbies, desks, etc? I like to donate the extra supplies to a local shelter that helps families with children.

 

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School Supply Savings at Dollar TreeDoes your kids go back to school? Or are they homed schooled? It doesn't matter! You can easily get your kids the supplies that they need. Don't spend your money all at Walmart. If you go to Dollar Tree you could save $25.99!

 

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Buy Teachers' Gifts NowIt might be fall, but now is the time to purchase your child's teacher gifts. Teachers always appreciate tokens of student appreciation, especially those that are hand-picked by their students.

 

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Brass Band Instrument TipI have tips about brass wind band instruments for the young student.

 

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Plan Your Back to School PurchasesYour children might want new clothes, backpacks, and etc. but you can't afford all of it. Start out planning what you will get, starting with your kids supplies.

 

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School Supplies for Low Income Children?How do you get help buying School Supplies for low income children. My daughter could use this money to pay bills instead of buying school supplies, as she lost her job.

 

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Be Good the First Week of SchoolIn the first week of school, don't act bad. You will really be considered the "bad kid" and teachers won't be nice to you during the school year because they know how you act.

 

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Buy Notebook Paper on SaleWhen notebook paper comes on sale, buy enough for the entire school year. Why pay $2.00 later for the same pack of paper that will cost you $.50 during the big school supply sales in August?

 

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Buy School Supplies Now for ChristmasBuy extra school supplies now, as they start to go on clearance. By Christmas time, new markers, crayons, cute pens, notebooks and folders will make great stocking stuffers and small gifts. They will be needed by then, too.

 

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Help Kids Match Clothes with PhotosMy 4 and 5 year olds pick out their own school clothes after I used this tip and are always in matching outfits. Before school started this year, we played model and took a photo of them in each outfit.

 

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Sturdy Book CoversUse your left-over wallpaper to cover your kid's books this school year. Wallpaper is sturdy, lasts, and it's also a way to make use of what you have.

 

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Label Child's Belongings for SchoolWith school back in full swing, for your younger children who might have trouble remembering their coats, jackets, or other items, at school or on the school buses, please put their names on the clothing tags inside, so they can be returned your family.

 

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Stock up at Back To School TimeI used to work in a daycare, and at back to school sale time, I stocked up on items I would need for the daycare for the year (scissors, colored pencils, markers, etc.).

 

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Meet The Teacher NightIf your school has a "Meet the Teacher Night", this is a wonderful chance for your child to view their new classroom, learn where it is located, perhaps meet a few of their new classmates, and most importantly, get to actually meet the teacher while Mom and/or Dad are there to make them feel a bit more comfortable.

 

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Advice For Transitioning From Elementary to Junior High School?I'm entering 7th grade this fall and will be going to junior high. It's a lot different then my elementary especially in size. I am very nervous. Do you have any advice for me? Please help!

 

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Ideas For "Body Parts" Topic For Preschool Class?Please give me some creative ideas to do on the topic "body parts" for preschool class?

 

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Oriental Trading Company For Birthday GoodiesSince schools do not allow homemade goodies for birthdays and holidays anymore, Oriental Trading Company has various items in their catalog that would be fun to hand out instead of candy or sweets.

 

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Recycling Last Year's School SuppliesIt's time to go back to school which means it's an expensive time for parents. Besides buying new clothes and school supplies, time is spent cleaning out last years' things to make way for the new. Try to use some of the old to make the new and save some money.

 

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Tips for Buying School SuppliesAs a teacher and mom, I am on both sides of the "school supply list" scavenger hunt. Here are my tips.

 

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Back to School Shopping TipsPurchase items early: the school gives supply list at end of year so when you find requirement on sale, purchase if not able to use from previous year.

 

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Cheap Notebooks For Back To SchoolJust a tip to pass along. Right now you can get really cheap notebooks at Wal-Mart. They are 10 cents each. I bought a whole case, probably enough for a whole year for $2.40.

 

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Back to School "New Year Resolution" Studies say that you are less likely to be able to keep a January resolution due to fatigue and post holiday stress syndrome... So, why wait until January to resolve to make a lifestyle improvement?

 

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School SnacksBack to School Snack. A little story of when my daughter was younger. I would now and then make her some peanut butter crackers. No big deal. Before you know it she was coming home with all types of junk snacks. . .

 

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Using Email To Keep In Touch With TeachersUsing Email To Keep In Touch With Teachers. If you are a working out of the home parent, let a teacher know if you can be reached by email at work. . .

 

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Sharpening a Pencil?Why is it that I can't seem to sharpen a pencil without the lead falling out as it gets pointed? I have to sharpen a few inches off a pencil until the lead does not break.

 

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Laptop Bag and Backpack Reviews?I'm going back to school and need some ideas on a good bag to get. Also, is it a good idea to get a laptop backpack instead of carrying a laptop bag around? I'm just worried that it will damage my laptop.

 

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Shoe Shopping Strategy - Trace Your Child's FeetSo that I don't miss out on kids' shoe sales when I am out shopping without my daughter I periodically trace her feet on a piece of paper, cut it out and tuck it in my purse.

 

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Buy Dark Clothing - Know When to SkimpIf you're on a budget, spend less by buying dark-colored clothes. Workmanship is much less noticeable in dark-colored fabrics, so most inexpensive darks can pass for pricier.

 

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Box Lunches That Boost GradesThe right lunch can boost kids' brainpower, cut down on sick days and give them steady energy. Here are the best foods to keep school kids in tip-top shape:

 

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Let Older Children Handle Their Clothing BudgetGive older children and teenagers their own reasonable clothing budget. They quickly learn that the money only goes so far. If they want designer jeans, fine, but they'll have to cut back somewhere else or earn the extra money themselves.

 

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Ten Dos and Don'ts for School DazeKids all over the nation are returning to school. Here are some things to anticipate, and some tips.

 

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Brand Names Vs. Your BudgetHow can we avoid the back-to-school shopping "brand-name blues?"

 

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Teen Back-To-School Saving On Designer ClothingI discovered Plato's Closet which is a teenage designer clothing consignment store. My teen can get name brand clothing for less than it would cost to buy her clothes at Walmart. She also can take her outgrown clothes that are in good condition and receive money back. Go to http://www.platoscloset.com to find the location nearest you. You won't be disappointed! By M. Day

 

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Thrifty Stores for Back to School ShoppingDon't forget to check out Goodwill and the Salvation Army stores for good buys on clothing. Stick to neutrals when buying the basics and you can expand your wardrobe.

 

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School Supply Tip: Cheap Office SuppliesOk, this not exactly a tip on how to buy cheap school supplies but is something to think about while you are busy buying your kids supplies. Every year although my kids are all grown I hit the school supply sales and here is why:

 

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Extra Back to School Expenses for High School?My son is heading for high school this year. We are on a very tight budget and have other children. What added expenses should I expect during the first weeks of school?

 

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Green Tips for Back to SchoolOther than the holiday season, back-to-school shopping offers consumers the largest opportunity to collectively vote with their dollars in support of environmentally and socially responsible products.

 

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Saving Money on Packed LunchesWith kids going back to school soon, it's a good time to start looking for ways to save money on packed lunches. Here are some tips shared by the ThriftyFun community. If you have advice, please post it here.

 

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Free FundraisersAs schools suffer through budget cuts, fundraisers become even more important. Yet everyone is cutting back, and purchasing wrapping paper, candy, or raffle tickets isn't in the budget.

 

Saving Money On School Clothes

Saving Money On School ClothesSchool will be starting soon. What are your favorite tips for saving money on school clothes, shoes or uniforms? Post them here!

 

Back To School Breakfast Schedule

Back To School Breakfast ScheduleWe use to struggle with what to have for breakfast. My children have come up with a breakfast schedule and they posted it on the fridge. They listed days of the week and the breakfast meal that will be served that morning.

 

First Day of School Photos

First Day of School PhotosEvery year, since our kids were in Kindergarten, I have taken a photo of them in their cubbies. Looking back at them, they are so small those first few years.

 

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Quick Lunch Ideas?We live close to the High school in our town. Since some of my daughter's friends have the same lunch period, they want to come to our house and have lunch. I work, so am not at home. I need ideas for "quick" lunches for them.

 

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Back to School Lunches?My kids are always complaining that they are sick and tired of the same peanut butter and jelly in their lunchboxes everyday. I can't afford to get them hot lunch or the Lunchables. Any ideas on how to make lunch more exciting?

 

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Can Only One Child Have Head Lice?My boyfriend has a two year old daughter he gets on weekends and he brings her over to my house with my two young children. Every time he brings his daughter back to her mother, her mother claims she has head lice.

 

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Back to School... Head Lice!Is there an economical way to rid children of head lice. My family is infested with the critters and after 2-1/2 mos of Rid, Nix and other home remedies, we cannot seem to clear them.

 

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Preschool Lunch Ideas?My nieces started a new preschool and we have to pack them a lunch. That's not hard, but the lunches can't be heated and cannot have nuts in it. So I'm stuck with absolutely no ideas. Please help with any ideas you may have. Thanks.

 

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Back to School Clothes?I am a mother of a 16 year daughter. She is in need of new school clothes. We live on an income of $585 per month for the three of us. This includes my husband, also.

 

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