Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Guide

Coupon Crazy Mommy's 2014 Back-to-School Shopping Guide

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 It's that time of year again when Moms need to get all of the goodies needed for Back-to-School. Backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils, clothes and shoes, the list goes on and on. If you have a child going off to college your shopping list may even include items like furniture, laptops, and tablets. Where do you begin? Well, I have made it easy. (You can thank me later-I love chocolate!) Here is a great list of all of my favorite back to school items for this school year. I have included coupon codes when available as well! Happy shopping!

#1 Supplies

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 Each week I post the best deals on school supplies. I also include links to coupons for those products. Click here to search the blog for the latest post.

#2 Backpacks

Although I include great weekly backpack deals in the supply round up each week, here are a few of my favorite deals on Amazon. My first is the Disney Frozen Backpack with Matching Lunchbox Set Featuring Anna and Elsa for $25.49 (+ shipping)
  My "tween" daughter loves this navy striped backpack, and at $13.99 with free shipping, its a steal!

We also love this backpack because it comes in so many of the hottest styles and colors. Leopard, paisley, zebra and chevron backpacks in hot colors! For $25 with free shipping. It's a great buy.
For boys, I know Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Mario are hot right now, so here are those for you. Super Mario Bros 16" Backpack School Bag with Detachable Lunch Kit

Nickelodeon Boy's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack with Lunch

 I also like the Skylanders items featured in my post here.


#3 Printables

I love my free printables. I have done so many fun projects and party goods by printing things out for free. Back-to-School is also one of those times. Here are a few links to get you started: Morning Routine Printable from "Bugs and Beans" morning routine Lunchbox joke printables 3f355a4d4bd85521525c6607f3e521fb
Click here to be brought to my "Printables" board on Pinterest. I have lots more lunchbox printables there.

#4 Clothes and Shoes

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 I love shopping for kids clothes. I hate that my kids are getting so big and want to have a say in what they wear. LOL. I miss the days when I could put on them whatever I liked. But at least there are many clothing stores that we can all agree on. Here are links to a few of my favorites: Tea Collection images (19)
See how easy it is to find a great "First Day of School" outfit from Tea Collection in my post here. Use code: SET10 to save 10% on clothing sets.
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 Want your first Fabkids outfit for only $15? Click here! Or you can click here and new members can Buy one outfit, Get one FREE! Click here to be brought to the latest hot deals and coupon codes to shop on my blog.

#5 Uniforms

If your kids need to wear uniforms, is the best place to get them. images (5)
The quality is amazing and because they have been around so long, they know exactly what you need. Click here for this month's coupon codes.

#6 Tablet

I've got my eye on this 10" Google tablet for less than $100. Yes, you read that right! Right now it is only $95.88!

10'' Google Android Black Tablet 16GB / Android 4.4.2 / 1.2Ghz / Quad Core / 1GB DDR3 Ram / 10-Point Capacitive Touch Screen / Cortex A7 Processor / HDMI Out / Dual Camera / Bluetooth / Wifi

  • 10.1 inch tablet QUAD CORE Two Cameras Supports 32GB Memory Card
  • Fastest - most advanced Quad-Core 1.2Ghz with SGX 544MP GPU
  • Gorgeous appearance: 10.1" HD display with 1024x600 resolutions; 5-point TFT capacitive touch screen
  • Supports 1080p HD play, HDMI output (Cable sold separately), G-sensor and 3D games
  • Package include 1 x tablet pc 1 x AC Adapter 1 x USB cable 1 x User's Manual
  • You can find this great deal on Amazon!

#7 Lunch Boxes and Accessories

I have 2 special lunch boxes in mind for this year. Do you write notes in your little ones' lunch? If you're like me, I like to leave a special note or joke for my kids to find at lunch. This new lunch box has a cool chalk board inside!
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The second is an embossed Frozen lunch box which I found on Amazon for under $10!
  • Disney Frozen Tin Lunch Box
  • Measures 7.7 x 6.1 x 2.8
  • A Super Gift For Any Young Frozen Fan
I also highly recommend adding these awesome accessories to your back to school shopping list: Kidzikoo, Koverz, and Kooleez!
 Kidzioo and Koverz are stretchy, neoprene sleeves that slide on cups and water bottles to keep them cold! Kooleez were made for ice pops, but I love them for keeping yogurt cold in lunch boxes. You can see the complete review here. You can find them on Amazon here: Kidzikoo, Koverz, and Kooleez.

#8 Labels:

Are you tired of trying to find that permanent marker every morning when sending the kids off to school and daycare? Tired of your stuff going missing in the lunchroom fridge? Lost one too many of your kids belongings? Does your 3-year-old always have her shoes on the wrong feet? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, than do I have the site for you!
Mabels Labels is every Moms must have. I label EVERYTHING! Mabels Labels have been around for a while and I always stock up. They withstand the abuse our children put on items and some even stay on in the dishwasher and washing machine.
Mabel’s Labels has all kinds of personalized labels that you can have made and shipped right to your door. They make labels and tags for clothes, lunchboxes, shoes, anything really! They have great value packs and make great gifts too! You have just spent a ton of money on all the Back-to-School items, don't let your kids lose them-now is the perfect time to label all that new stuff before it gets lost!

#9 Learning Apps and Boxes

Although the kids are going back to school, now is the time (especially for homeschoolers) to look into some hands on learning ideas to help through out the year. I love learning apps. They are great for car rides and we sometimes bring them to places where we know the kids will get bored (or noisy). My new favorite "Tiggly" was introduced to me at Blogger Bash this year.
 There are 4 separate apps from Tiggly. These apps work with 4 rubber shapes (purchased separately) that act like "stamps" on the iPad or iPad mini. Kids then turn those shapes into funny characters. They can then take those characters and record their own movie and add their own sounds. Some games have scenes and when a shape is placed on the screen, it turns into a character complete with sounds and phrases. My kids love it! And honestly, so do I! The shapes have a soft plastic/foam covering and will not damage your screen no matter how hard they hit it. These apps allow children to use their imagination while practicing hand/eye coordination and dexterity. 748252177001.PT07_2fe824f9-9cc0-46db-b744-bf4e9de2b01c_grande You can purchase Tiggly shapes here. You can then download the 3 apps for free for use with your shapes. There is also a Tiggly Christmas app for purchase for $1.99 on iTunes.
I also love the new Surprise Ride Box.
It is a monthly subscription that has hands-on learning activities for our young learners.
Every month, receive a box of materials to do fun hands-on projects. Boxes cover a surprise theme ranging from art and science to food and geography! Perfect for ages 6-11. Boxes start $24.99 per month with free shipping. The best part is everything you need is included in the box.


  • Checked Bag-All the supplies needed to complete projects that explore the month’s theme.
  • Carry-Ons-A book, a snack, or other fun surprises to go along with the ride.
  • Travel Guide-Our famous Surprise Ride booklet with lessons on the theme, interesting facts, and ways to continue the exploration.
This was featured on "Shark Tank" and also makes a great gift.
Click here to order now. Be sure to enter your email in the pop-up box for a $5 coupon code off your subscription! Click here to read my full review of Surprise Ride!
For subscription boxes, I also love Kiwi Crate.
  • A fresh new theme — like Gardening or Safari — each month.
  • All the materials & inspiration for 2-3 projects, delivered to your door!
  • Plus, a 16-page magazine with activities to extend the learning & fun.
Again, everything you need to keep your kids learning and entertained is included in this box. I love that this one also gets kids outdoors. For older kids and science buffs, "Groovy Lab in a Box" is a great option! unnamed (3)
Each lab box contains everything you need to create fun science experiments. This is also great for homeschoolers! Click here to enter to win a one-year subscription from Groovy Lab in a Box! I hope this Guide helps you to find some new and helpful products for Back-to-School. Feel free to share pics if you purchase! I'd love to see what you chose! Special Thank You to the bloggers who helped to promote this Back to School Shopping Guide! PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies
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  1. I love that navy striped backpack. It is indeed a steal! And those printables are super cute!

    1. So do I and it makes it really worth it when you see the price :)!

  2. My kids are older but I love this back to school stuff !!!!

    1. I understand! Even both of my kids weren't old enough I loved it too!