You can't avoid the expense of back-to-school shopping, but you don't need to overspend, either.
You can’t avoid the expense of back-to-school shopping, but you don’t need to overspend, either.

 

We at Piggy know that getting ready for the new school year can be tough. You might have to juggle different pick-up and drop-off times, several school locations, and a ton of other details, all while keeping your kids upbeat and excited about school. Hands-on moms everywhere face the same challenge, even celebrities, but they have developed some nifty tips and tricks to help turn the stress of a first day into an exciting and fun challenge:

 

1. Take the Kids Shopping

In the last few weeks before school starts, bring the kids along on shopping trips. They can help pick out backpacks, lunch bags, and other accessories, engaging them in the preparation. Rachel Zoe offers plenty of fashion tips for getting ready, for you and the kids. “Back to school to me is always about layers… Just things you can layer and mix and match with,” she said in an interview with US Weekly.

Plus, the kids get to pick out things that excite them, making them happy about the upcoming first day, not nervous. You can even shop at a discount if you showroom in the store and use online coupons from our Piggy browser extension to help with the cost at stores like Macy’s and Kohls, where you can earn 5 percent and three percent cash back on top of their deal offerings.

2. Label Everything

Kids lose things. It’s almost inevitable, so be proactive and take the time to label everything, like Courtney Lopez, wife of Extra host Mario Lopez, who shared with Newsday that, “in order to avoid losing her stuff at school, we label all of Gia’s school supplies and clothes with Mabel’s Labels.” Make sure backpacks, lunch bags, thermoses and supplies have a label with your child’s name. You can stock up on ink and toner to print your labels at 4InkJets, all at a discount through a Piggy special offer.

3. Bargain Shop

Even celebrities watch the bottom line when buying kids clothes, according to TV star Bethenny Frankel on her website, bethenny.com. Why pay full price for clothes your kids will outgrow in a matter of weeks? You can get great brands at stores like Target, and avoid paying full price with Piggy.

4. Planning Lunches

Elisabeth Hasselbeck knows how difficult it can be to manage restricted diets. Her kids eat gluten-free (check out her gluten-free recipes on her website)! When you need to manage lunch and snacks for the kids, be sure to plan their options ahead of time. That way you can pack healthy and appealing lunches that won’t trigger any allergies or other issues. Walmart and other retailers offer a lot of gluten-free options, so be sure to get your 2 percent cash back when you shop through Piggy.

5. Get Organized

When you have kids who need to get to different schools on a schedule, it pays to get organized, according to Brooke Burke-Charvet in an interview with Working Mother. This mother of four manages three different schools and their different schedules during the school year. Do a dry run ahead of time to make sure you can manage without too much stress on that all-important first day. No one wants to be late. You can even grab your folders and other organizational tools at Staples for less with several coupon offers through Piggy.

 

Repeat after us: You can’t avoid the expense of back-to-school shopping, but you don’t need to overspend, either!

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