back-to-school http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3487/all en-US 23 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Kid's First Day at School http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_beach_000060463902.jpg" alt="Woman finding relaxing ways to enjoy kid&#039;s first day of school" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hear that sound, moms and dads? It's the silence you've been craving &mdash; oh, I don't know &mdash; since about 72 hours into your kids' summer vacation. What to do, what to do? You probably already have your time-to-relax schedule all planned out for the first day back to school, but if you've been slacking in that regard, here are a few ideas to make the most of your well-deserved downtime.</p> <h2>1. Hit the Beach (If You're Near One)</h2> <p>I live on the Jersey Shore and the days to enjoy an afternoon on the beach are dwindling. If you're in a beach town (or near one), get out there and enjoy the sand and surf before the chilly weather starts to roll in.</p> <h2>2. Take Yourself Out to Lunch</h2> <p>Like an adult lunch. No grilled sandwiches or ramen or Tyson chicken whatever &mdash; you know, the stuff the kids ate all summer and you nibbled on because you didn't feel like making a separate meal. Put your good pants on and have a proper lunch containing real food.</p> <h2>3. Go Back-to-School Shopping for Yourself</h2> <p>Don't you think it's just a bit unfair that you spend all that money on back-to-school clothing and accessories for the kids &mdash; because they haaaaave to have it! &mdash; and you walk away with nothing? Nope, not on my watch. Head to your favorite store and pick up something new. If you need justification for your purchase &mdash; besides the fact that you've kept the little beggars alive and well for this long &mdash; think of it as something you need for an upcoming PTA meeting, parents' night, or (most likely) a cocktail party.</p> <h2>4. Finish an Open Project</h2> <p>Everybody has something around the house that they meant to finish, but got sidetracked and forgot about. Get after it!</p> <h2>5. Meet Your Friends for Coffee (Or an Adult Bev!)</h2> <p>I mean, sure, if coffee's your thing, that's what you should order. But if you're trying to celebrate your nine-to-three freedom properly, you better make it Irish. And so you're not sipping alone, invite along a few friends.</p> <h2>6. Go to the Cinema and Catch a Movie</h2> <p>You've undoubtedly been to the movies this summer, but it was probably to see a flick about little talking Twinkies, superheroes, or dinosaurs. If there's a more &mdash; ahem &mdash; grown-up movie you've been meaning to watch, today's your day.</p> <h2>7. Crack Open That Book You've Been Meaning to Read (Finally!)</h2> <p>You brought that book everywhere you went this summer with every intention of reading it and then starting its sequel. But you never go to it because somebody was always screaming your name for mostly unimportant things that they could do themselves. Sound familiar? Now's your chance to get lost in literature &mdash; at least until mid-afternoon.</p> <h2>8. Relax on the Couch and Catch Up on Your DVR</h2> <p>Heck, even without kids, watching a ton of TV isn't something many of us do in the summer. So I know all you parents out there haven't had time to catch up on your DVR since about the third week of June. Find out what's up with your favorite characters and make some room for the new fall schedule.</p> <h2>9. Bake &mdash; Then Indulge</h2> <p>I like to bake because the end result is so delicious. If I'm baking for one to soothe my sweet tooth, I usually pick up prepared cookie dough, pop it in the oven, and stuff my face with the whole lot of the ooey-gooey confections. Along with a tall glass of ice-cold milk. And absolutely no shame. NO SHAME!</p> <h2>10. Get Intimate if You're Both Home</h2> <p>You don't need instructions for this. It's how you got into this situation in the first place. But it's still nice to have some alone time without somebody barging in.</p> <h2>11. Nap!</h2> <p>...Naaaaaaaaap!</p> <h2>12. Work Around the Yard</h2> <p>For some people, gardening is a great way to relax and think and let their mind wander. If you keep a garden, harvest some of the produce, or, since fall is just around the corner, tidy up your space a bit so raking and bagging isn't such a daunting task in a few weeks.</p> <h2>13. Go for a Walk</h2> <p>To wherever you want &mdash; around the neighborhood, downtown, to the park. Just get movin'.</p> <h2>14. Participate in a Class at the Gym</h2> <p>I love my gym classes. I never consider them a chore because they're totally fun. If you haven't checked in to any of the classes your gym offers, do it now. You could find yourself a new hobby.</p> <h2>15. Treat Yourself to a Salon or Spa Service</h2> <p>Get your hair or nails done. Schedule a massage. Kick back in the steam room and sauna. Let your cares drift away until you have to snap back to reality.</p> <h2>16. Hang Out at Your Local Library or Coffee Shop</h2> <p>I find both of these places equally relaxing. I usually take a few of my neglected magazines and sink into one of the comfy chairs for a few hours while I unwind.</p> <h2>17. Mediate/Do Nothing at All</h2> <p>I don't really know how to meditate &mdash; I mean, besides sitting with my legs crossed and chanting 'Om' (which doesn't appeal to me). However, as a former college student, I know how to do nothing at all quite well. I consider myself an English major with a concentration in Sitting and Staring at the Sky, as it were. Nonetheless, either of these activities could work for you, and I'll only look at you strangely for one of them.</p> <h2>18. Practice Your Yoga Skills</h2> <p>There are plenty of online yoga resources that you can watch so you don't even have to leave your house. Or you can find a class in your area (perhaps even at your gym for free) if you need a change of scenery. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes?ref=seealso">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a>)</p> <h2>19. Take the Dog to the Park</h2> <p>You know who's just as happy that your kids are back in school? The dog. He can finally get back to his eat-sleep-sleep-eat schedule without as many interruptions. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't like a leisurely afternoon with his buddies first. Plan a date to the dog park to exercise your favorite friend while enjoying the pleasant weather and other pooches.</p> <h2>20. Pack a Picnic and Find a Nice Space Outside</h2> <p>There's no rule that picnics can't be by yourself. In fact, some of the best picnics I've attended have only had one guest &mdash; me! Pack up some of your favorites foods, bring a blanket and some reading material, and lay back and watch the world pass you by.</p> <h2>21. Drift Away in a Long, Hot Bath</h2> <p>Candles and a glass of wine are just as appropriate for a long, hot bath at 11 a.m. as they are at 11 p.m. Plus, nobody's around to judge you. Enjoy it while you can.</p> <h2>22. Pump Up the Jams and Dance Around the House</h2> <p>This summer has produced a few hot bangers that I like to shake my thang to. Turn up your Spotify and let loose in your living room. If you've never done this before, step outside your comfort zone. You'll be glad you did.</p> <h2>23. Run Away and Never Look Back</h2> <p>Or just daydream about it. You know they wouldn't last a day without you.</p> <p><em>How will you relax and enjoy your kids' first day back to school? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Try These 10 Tricks for Entertaining Kids on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle back-to-school downtime kids parenting relaxing rest summer vacation Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:00:30 +0000 Mikey Rox 1532897 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Back-to-School Shopping Tips for the Busy Parent http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-shopping-156612479s-small.jpg" alt="family shopping" title="family shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping for everything on the back-to-school list can be a real pain. Not only do those $0.75 highlighters add up (especially if you have several children), but it's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're adding that shopping on top of everything else you have to do to prepare for the coming season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-saving-on-college-textbooks?ref=seealso">Back-to-School: Saving on College Textbooks</a>)</p> <p>While there's usually not one place where you can consistently go to get the best deals, it is possible to make the whole back-to-school shopping process easier. Here are some ideas that should help you lift the overwhelm and even enjoy the chance to spend some time with your kids.</p> <h2>1. Take Your Kids One at a Time</h2> <p>Instead of hauling everyone on a massive back-to-school shopping trip, try taking each of your kids separately. This isn't the most efficient way to do things, but it almost always makes for a more peaceful, enjoyable experience. If you don't have someone who can watch the ones who aren't going with you, see if you can drop them off at a pay-by-the hour daycare for a little while.</p> <h2>2. Break It Up</h2> <p>The shopping feels overwhelming when you try to do it all at once, so why not purchase things as you see them on sale. This requires you to keep an eye on where you might get the best prices for different items, but it often saves you money and stress. Just carry a copy of the list with you and cross off the items as you buy them.</p> <h2>3. Price Match for the Best Deal</h2> <p>If you only want to visit one store, choose one with a good <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-pay-more-guide-to-price-matching-and-cheat-sheet">price matching policy</a>. Most office supply stores, drug stores, and stores like Target and Walmart will match a competitor's deals, but some of them are stricter with these policies than others, and these policies can vary by location. In general, you will need proof of a lower price elsewhere, and that deal will need to be current when you shop.</p> <h2>4. Keep an Eye Out for Insane Deals</h2> <p>There are usually one or two extremely good deals every year. For instance, <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/08/07/how-to-snag-best-back-to-school-deals/">one year OfficeMax sold backpacks for a penny</a>. To find these deals, read the ads that show up in your mailbox, buy a Sunday paper, and search online for &quot;back-to-school&quot; deals. Be ready to jump on a deal as soon as you see it, though, because supplies don't usually last very long.</p> <h2>5. Find Coupons Online</h2> <p>Websites like Coupons.com often collect as many back-to-school deals as they can find, <a href="http://www.coupons.com/back-to-school-sales/">all in one place</a>. While these often won't apply to classroom items (though some sales do!), they will help you figure out where to shop for school clothes in a way that doesn't break the bank.</p> <h2>6. Start Early</h2> <p>Back-to-school shopping tends to get put off simply because it feels like such a frustrating and expensive task. However, many of the best discounts start as early as mid-July, so find out what you need (or make an educated guess) so that you can take advantage of these deals. It's an awesome feeling to be done before everyone else has started.</p> <h2>7. Shop Your Home</h2> <p>Even if you don't think you have much in the way of school supplies at your house, check anyway. You may have a spare eraser sitting around, and maybe a tissue box and some glue. If you are extra motivated, start storing the school supplies that come your way. If you buy a bottle of glue for a project and use two dabs, you can store it and send it with your kid in the fall. This can be an easy way to collect things like pens and pencils, too, which always seem to be appearing and disappearing.</p> <h2>8. Compare Prices While Shopping</h2> <p>If you have a smartphone, apps like <a href="http://shopsavvy.com/">ShopSavvy</a> can help you make sure you're getting the best deal. Just scan the barcode of the item you're looking at, and the app will tell you if you can find it cheaper somewhere else. This isn't foolproof, but it does work the majority of the time and it can help you feel confident about the purchases you're making.</p> <h2>9. Consider the Warranty</h2> <p>If you're purchasing a large item like a backpack or winter snow gear, think about the warranty. It's probably worth spending a bit more at a store that offers a lifetime warranty, rather than purchasing a cheap item and then having to buy another new one next year. If your child is helping to choose the item, make sure he or she knows that this is intended to last for years.</p> <h2>10. Track How Much You Spend</h2> <p>There's no doubt that back-to-school shopping is expensive, but you will feel better about it if you know that your spending this year is comparable to what you spent last year, or that you spent more but it was because you had to replace a major item (like a backpack). Note how much you spend on your phone or in a notebook, then tally the amount when you're done and put it in a place where you'll be able to find it next year.</p> <h2>11. Buy In Bulk</h2> <p>If you know that your kids will need to replace certain items throughout the year, or you know that they will need the same items from year to year, consider buying those things in bulk. Do make sure that the bulk price is lower than the sale price at a regular store. This also means that you won't end up running to the store at 10 p.m. because your child forgot she needs more pens or paper or whatever.</p> <h2>12. Take a List</h2> <p>This may seem obvious, but it's important to know what you need and how many. If your child wants more of a certain item and doesn't have a good reason for that, you'll be able to say, &quot;No&quot; because you'll know, absolutely for certain, how many of the item the schools says they need. If you have more than one child and you're doing all the shopping together, tally the lists before you leave. That way, you'll be able to buy pencils for Sally and Joe together, instead of chasing them down twice.</p> <p><em>Have you finished your back-to-school shopping? What did you do to make the process easier this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">It&#039;s Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school school clothes school supplies shopping with kids Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1195557 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother-baby-shopping-small-178769891-small.jpg" alt="mother baby shopping" title="mother baby shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I say it every year, but the summer raced by at lightning speed. It's already mid-August, and many of us are diving deep into back-to-school mode. One of the most important parts of getting ready? Dressing the part. But refreshing your fall wardrobe &mdash; whether you're heading into the classroom or not &mdash; doesn't need to cost a fortune. In fact, it doesn't need to cost anything at all! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing?ref=related">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe On the Cheap</a>)</p> <p>Here are some tips that will get you looking smart without spending foolishly.</p> <h2>1. Take Stock</h2> <p>Before trekking to the store, it's important you gain a solid understanding of the clothes that already live in your dresser drawers. Take a couple hours to dump all your clothing items onto your bed and to go through them. Try each piece on to see what fits both your body and lifestyle. Divide into three piles: keep, toss/donate, and on-the-fence. Place the keep and on-the-fence clothes back into your closet and proceed with the next tips. (You can always repeat again with those clothes you're not sure about.)</p> <h2>2. Sell the Old</h2> <p>And before throwing away or donating discarded clothing, try hitting up your local consignment shops. You can even sell your stuff (for free!) online with sites like <a href="http://www.thredup.com/r/IRDEL0">thredUP</a>. Keep in mind that most stores prefer name brand clothes in good condition (no stains, rips, pilling, etc.) that are within a few fashion seasons of the current date. Then pocket the money you earn to put toward new duds. Many stores will give you more credit versus cash if you choose to shop with your earnings there.</p> <h2>3. Think Thrifty</h2> <p>That's right! While you're at the consignment store, take a look around. Chances are you might discover a few pieces you love that are like-new and won't end up costing you a dime. Thrift stores like GoodWill and Salvation Army are other good places to browse, you'll just want to inspect these pieces more carefully for signs of wear. Historically, I've found great deals in these types of places, especially on children's clothing, since kids outgrow shirts and pants so quickly, they hardly get a chance to lose that gently worn look. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store?ref=related">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Buy at the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <h2>4. Add Accessories</h2> <p>Before racing to the retail stores, consider if more clothes are really what you need. Sometimes <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-a-downsized-wardrobe-you-love">having fewer options</a> means that dressing takes less time and energy in the mornings, meaning you go about your day with less hassle. You may also get better overall use out of a smaller wardrobe because you won't forget about anything in the depths of your closet. If you think this idea applies to you, shop around for a few key accessories &mdash; belts, scarves, hats, jewelry &mdash; that can transform otherwise plain outfits into sheer style. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-accessories-to-kickstart-your-style?ref=related">Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style</a>)</p> <h2>5. Shop Sales</h2> <p>Don't pile into the car without a plan if you want good deals on a new wardrobe. Take some time to check your local paper, TV advertisements, and store websites for any promotions or coupons. And don't forget to check those social media accounts, as some major shops post coupon codes only for their loyal fans to enjoy. Chances are, there's a sale upcoming, and you'll be kicking yourself if you pay full price only to find whatever you bought is 40% off days later. Once you purchase, be sure to protect your investment by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">washing your clothing less often</a>.</p> <p><em>What are your best methods for saving big on back-to-school clothing? Please share in comments</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-clothes-shopping-hacks-that-save-time-and-money">9 Clothes Shopping Hacks That Save Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-reasons-plus-size-shopping-sucks">15 Reasons Plus-Size Shopping Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fix-18-common-wardrobe-malfunctions">How to Fix 18 Common Wardrobe Malfunctions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school clothes clothing fashion thrift stores Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1185371 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-school-5162664-small.jpg" alt="school" title="school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thrift store shopping is not a passion shared by everyone, and some people can be intimidated by it, thinking that you need a lot of time or skill to find a great deal. While it does help to have the right mindset and an eye for a find, just about anyone can score real deals on quality stuff at thrift stores. And during the coming back-to-school frenzy, a thrift store deal is exactly what parents need to help save some much needed <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-time-savers">time and money</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p>From designer jeans to new-to-your-kid dorm furniture, your local thrift store probably has lots of ways to save you a bunch of cash during your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-back-to-school-shopping">back-to-school shopping</a> spree. Consider these six.</p> <h2>1. Jeans and Uniforms</h2> <p>The price of jeans for kids who are still growing is almost obscene. They often cost as much as the adult-sized versions but only may be useable for a single semester of school. The good news is that because kids grow out of jeans so quickly, many pre-owned pairs donated to the local thrift store are still in like-new condition but priced for just a few dollars. Designer names can often be found at a steep discount, and no one but you would be the wiser. If your local school district enforces a dress code, be sure to see if any uniform pieces have been donated to your local thrift store each time you stop by. Families that no longer have small children often donate any clothing in good condition including school uniforms.</p> <h2>2. Sporting Gear</h2> <p>Parents with kids no longer involved in sports or kids who have outgrown their gear will often donate it to the thrift store. Before you go shopping at the pricier sporting goods store, check in with the local thrift store to see what is available. When your own family outgrows their supplies, consider a donation to help other families save money, too.</p> <h2>3. Winter Gear</h2> <p>Winter coats are another necessary expense that can often prove too costly when trying to clothe multiple children. As with jeans, the price of winter coats, insulated boots, and snow pants can be high for clothing that kids will soon outgrow. Check the local thrift store, especially in the fall and spring when people are cleaning out the clutter from their homes and making donations. Keep an eye out for some fun winter accessories like sleds, skis, and snowboards, too.</p> <h2>4. Office Supplies</h2> <p>Personally there is nothing like making a trip down the pen and paper aisles while back-to-school shopping. But if you are trying to cut back, check out your local thrift store to see what <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-saving-big-money-on-office-supplies">supplies you can find</a>. When people are clearing out their clutter, they often find things they have too much of in the school/office supply department. They will keep what they need but donate the rest. You can often buy pencils, folders, and other supplies in bulk amounts for a very reasonable price.</p> <h2>5. Containers/Dishware</h2> <p>Students headed off to college will be in need of household supplies for their apartments or dorms. The thrift store is a great place to find quality pots, pans, dishes, and glasses. Many times you can even score vintage pieces that look as cool as they are functional. It&rsquo;s a great way for your child to get some starter pieces for cheap.</p> <h2>6. Furniture</h2> <p>In my local area, there are several thrift shops that have opened recently, and all of them showcase some great looking furniture on their Facebook pages for incredibly reasonable prices. Sure, a lot of the items are mismatched, but they are still in great shape. Why buy new stuff for a college apartment? Many times the furniture will get damaged from frequent moves and the wear and tear of visiting friends. Spend money on good quality linens and comforters, but check out the local thrift store for bed frames, tables, and bookcases on the cheap.</p> <p><em>How do you save on back-to-school supplies?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">12 Back-to-School Shopping Tips for the Busy Parent</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-goodwill-the-different-types-of-thrift-stores">Beyond Goodwill: The Different Types of Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school children's clothing school supplies thrift stores Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:36:41 +0000 Tisha Tolar 980740 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save on Back-to-School Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-back-to-school-shopping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-on-back-to-school-shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-school-1113724-small.jpg" alt="school" title="school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving on back-to-school shopping, eating healthy on the cheap, and getting free moving supplies.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/12-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping/">12 Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a> &mdash; To save on back-to-school shopping, shop thrift and comparison shop online. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/lifestyle/food-drink/eating-healthy-cheap-0">Eating Healthy on the Cheap</a> &mdash; Sticking to the outer aisles of the grocery store can help you eat healthy on the cheap. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-get-free-boxes-and-other-moving-supplies/">How To Get Free Boxes And Other Moving Supplies</a> &mdash; Are you trying to get free moving supplies? Find free boxes on Craigslist and use your own blankets to wrap breakables. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Ask-Personal-Job-Referral-25250463">Reference Points: 6 Tips For Politely Requesting a Job Referral</a> &mdash; If you need to ask someone for a job referral, put your request in writing. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2009/04/5-key-sacrifices-to-make-if-you-really-want-to-save-money.html">5 Key Sacrifices to Make if You Really Want to Save Money</a> &mdash; Do you want to save money? Consider giving up your car. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/07/23/how-to-make-more-secure-passwords">How to Make More Secure Passwords</a> &mdash; If you want to make your passwords more secure, avoid personal details and change your passwords often. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/where-to-hide-your-money-from-lawsuits-creditors-and-the-irs/">Where Can I Hide My Money from Lawsuits, Creditors, and the IRS</a> &mdash; To hide your money from people who want to take it, look into retirement accounts and trusts. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/how-to-add-real-estate-to-your-investment-portfolio/">How to Add Real Estate to Your Investment Portfolio</a> &mdash; There are lots of real estate options to consider when adding real estate to your investment portfolio. Think about whether you want to go with a single family homes, commercial investments, or small multifamily properties. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12jul23d.cfm?slider">5 Reasons to Bake Bread</a> &mdash; Baking bread on your own tastes better and is fun! [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/node/2323">How to Use Social Media to Plan a Great Birthday Party</a> &mdash; When planning your next birthday party, use Pinterest to find new recipes or decor inspiration. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-state-sales-tax-holiday-is-coming">The State Sales Tax Holiday is coming...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-some-dorm-deals-and-save-big-even-if-youre-not-a-student">Score Some Dorm Deals and Save Big (Even if You’re Not a Student)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">The 5 Best Body Scrubs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school best money tips shopping Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980803 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2830319467_634c5c8316_z.jpg" alt="iphone" title="iphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The summer is coming to an end and it's back-to-school time. If you have ever been a student, you'll know that student life is not easy or cheap. With rising tuition costs, high unemployment, and busy schedules, finding ways to manage your time and budget seems impossible. No need to panic! Last week, we showcased <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-savings-and-diy-projects-for-craft-capable-cheapskates">back-to-school savings tips</a>. This week, we have 10 iPhone applications that can help you manage your student life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-mobile-shopping-apps-for-your-phone" title="16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone</a>)</p> <h2>Rate My Professor</h2> <p>Ever had a lecture where the monotonous professor puts you to sleep? <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rate-my-professors/id345381821?mt=8">Rate My Professor</a> was one of my favorite sites while at university. Now it's an iPhone application. The app allows you to view other students' comment and rating of professors and write your own review about them. The great thing with the app is that you can tweet it or post it on your Facebook &mdash; just be careful what you say!</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/ratemyprofessor.png" /></p> <h2>Evernote</h2> <p>Taking notes in class is not always easy, but <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=281796108&amp;mt=8">Evernote</a> can help. This app takes text and voice notes, which can be synchronized to an online account so that it's accessible everywhere. Although typing on your iPhone all day long may not be the most convenient way to take notes, the voice recording can be very versatile.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Evernote.png" /></p> <h2>Pageonce Personal Finance</h2> <p>Classes, assignments, exams, papers to write... Students have enough to remember. Worrying about when bills are due and managing accounts does not have to be hard. With <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/app/pageonce-personal-finance/id285056092?mt=8">Pageonce Personal Finance</a>, you can manage all your online accounts anywhere, anytime.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Pageonce.png" /></p> <h2>myHomework</h2> <p>Keeping track of assignments can get complicated; <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myhomework/id303490844?mt=8">myHomework</a> can help you keep your head above water. You can keep track of assignments in different classes and when they are due. You can see all your homework laid out in a calendar view and send homework reminders to friends. It's a free application and with very practical uses for the busy student.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/myHomework.png" /></p> <h2>Blackboard Mobile Learn</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn-for/id376413870?mt=8">Blackboard</a> seems to be a very poplar platform used by many schools to communicate with their students. Assignments and grades are often posted on Blackboard, and professors point students to Blackboard for lecture notes and assignments. If your school utilizes Blackboard, then you can have instant access to all the information posted by your school, professors, and classmates.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Blackboard.png" /></p> <h2>iStudiez Pro</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/app/istudiez-pro/id310636441?mt=8">iStudiez Pro</a> is not a free application ($2.99), but it can be very useful. It helps you keep track of your classes and assignments. It can color-code each assignment with the corresponding class and notify you of their due dates. It may just be the best $2.99 you spend in college.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/iStudiez.png" /></p> <h2>New Oxford American Dictionary</h2> <p>By the time I graduated I probably went through four dictionaries. (They kept disappearing, somehow.) The <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-oxford-american-dictionary/id298896076?mt=8">New Oxford American Dictionary</a> has over 250,000 entries stored on your phone, which means no internet connection needed. It also includes over 60,000 audio pronunciations.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/New%20Oxford%20Dictionary.png" /></p> <h2>Chegg</h2> <p>Textbooks are expensive &mdash; really expensive. Finding used textbooks is not always easy and even then it may be an outdated edition. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chegg/id385758163?mt=8">Chegg</a> is a textbook rental company with millions of books you can choose from. No need to stand in line for hours at the campus bookstore: All you need is the free Chegg app, the book's title, author or ISBN, or you can simply scan the bar code. The app also has a reminder to return the book so you won't incur any late fees.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Chegg.png" /></p> <h2>Formulus Free</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/formulus-free-formulas-for/id309681718?mt=8">Formulus Free</a> can come in handy whether you love or hate math. The free app helps you find formulas, so no more searching pages of your textbook to find the right one &mdash;: they're all at your fingertips.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Formulus.png" /></p> <h2>Free Books</h2> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-books-23-469-classics/id317776727?mt=8">Free Books</a> costs $1.99, but all the books are free. Although you may not find the newest books in the application, it contains over 23,000 books, including most classic books you'll probably study in school. You are probably thinking, &quot;Who can read the whole book on their iPhone?&quot; Well, fear not. This application lets you email the book to yourself. You can download and read it on your computer or notebook.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u890/Freebook.png" /></p> <p>Going back to school can be an exciting and stressful time; hopefully, some of these applications can help you get through another year of school. If you are looking for more great phone applications, check out this list of <a href="http://financialhighway.com/75-phone-apps-10-tips-that-will-save-you-money/">75 phone applications that will save you money</a></p> <p><em>Do you have any favorite applications you'd like to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ray-jamali">Ray Jamali</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-multipurpose-iphone-4-cases-fit-for-a-freelancer">5 Multipurpose iPhone 4 Cases Fit for a Freelancer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Productivity Technology apps back-to-school iPhone students Fri, 03 Sep 2010 13:00:04 +0000 Ray Jamali 224648 at http://www.wisebread.com Score Some Dorm Deals and Save Big (Even if You’re Not a Student) http://www.wisebread.com/score-some-dorm-deals-and-save-big-even-if-youre-not-a-student <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/score-some-dorm-deals-and-save-big-even-if-youre-not-a-student" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop sale.jpg" alt="dorm deals" title="dorm deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="182" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Starting out my first year of college was a dream.<span> </span>I had aspired to have the coolest dorm, complete with mini-fridge, neon carpeting, and a VCR.<span> </span>After paying tuition and book fees, however, there was little to spare.<span> </span>So I packed up my gear, shoved it into the tiny dorm closet, and used upside-down apple crates and a homemade loft bed as my furnishings.<span> </span>13 years later, I&rsquo;m amazed at the market for dorm gear; espresso machines, $400 ottomans, and plasma TV&rsquo;s, which are advertised as &ldquo;must-have&rsquo;s&rdquo; for the new student.<span> </span>What?<span> </span>Are you kidding?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While it may be inappropriate to spend thousands on dorm furnishing for the 17-year-old who wants it all, it&rsquo;s not a bad thing for a financially savvy, independent adult to work the deals to their advantage.<span> </span>While not exactly &ldquo;deals&rdquo;, there are some big perks to shopping from the dorm sale flyers.<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s a few to get you started:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Same quality, better pricing</strong> &ndash; I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;re no stranger to the method some manufacturers use to sell similar (if not identical) items under several different brand umbrellas.<span> </span>Often, the same product is changed slightly (usually in appearance only) before marketing it separately as both a premium and an off-brand purchase.<span> </span>Scour the Dorm Deals department, and see if you can&rsquo;t find some small electronics, appliances, and basic linens that appear almost identical to bigger brands offered in the regular home and furnishings department.<span> </span>They will almost always be more affordable, and even if the quality ends up lacking down the road, you can take advantage of warranties or satisfaction guarantees to replace it for little to nothing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>One-stop shopping</strong> &ndash; There are days when I just need to get my shopping done.<span> </span>I don&rsquo;t want to stop 150 places, and I don&rsquo;t necessarily need to compare every minute detail for pennies between prices.<span> </span>The dorm furnishing sections of many stores and online retailers allow for a quick &ldquo;checklist&rdquo; approach to purchasing.<span> </span>Wastebasket?<span> </span>Check.<span> </span>Laundry bag?<span> </span>Check.<span> </span>I can skip over items I don&rsquo;t truly need, and I may even be reminded to pick up a few things I have been putting off &ndash; for much less than if I drove all over town trying to find it.<span> </span>(Caveat:<span> </span>Don&rsquo;t buy just to buy.<span> </span>If you&rsquo;re not looking for it, don&rsquo;t even think about putting it in your cart.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Availability</strong> &ndash; Have you ever spent hours just trying to find that perfect corner shelf or just the right storage system?<span> </span>You know it exists, and you have even seen it before, but finding it is just impossible? <span> </span>Dorm deals often offer basic, affordable, and easy-to-adapt solutions for homes that are short on space (or just money.)<span> </span>Brand names like Sterilite, Tupperware, and Rubbermaid seem to appear en masse in the dorm section of the store, complete with funky colors and expandable accessories for a fully customizable experience.<span> </span>Where were these things just a month ago?<span> </span>Who knows, but they are here now, and if you&rsquo;re looking for inspiration or an upgrade to your office, bathroom, or bedroom, now&rsquo;s the time!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Sale</strong><strong> potential</strong> &ndash; What happens when all those college students get settled in the for the year?<span> </span>(And they realize that they bought way too much stuff for their tiny cell?)<span> </span>They won&rsquo;t be buying anymore dorm stuff!<span> </span>And in an attempt for retailers to clear their shelves for Christmas gear, they&rsquo;ll begin marking it down to an even more appealing price point.<span> </span>If you&rsquo;re not too picky about when you get your stuff, you can outlast the regular prices and stock up on staples for year-round.<span> </span>(Plus towels make nice gifts!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s important to not lose your head over all the stuff being offered for Back-to-School.<span> </span>In fact, stores may also take some of their regularly overpriced inventory and try to pass it off as &ldquo;Dorm specific.&rdquo;<span> </span>Don&rsquo;t be fooled into paying more than you should, buying more than you need, or getting anything horrible in taste (neon carpet).<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><em>For extra back-to-school savings strategies, check out my cheat sheets on <a href="/use-less-cash-for-your-jcpenney-purchase">JCPenney</a> and <a href="/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Target</a>!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-some-dorm-deals-and-save-big-even-if-youre-not-a-student">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy">8 Things to Wait Until After Christmas to Buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/revel-in-a-corporations-misfortune-all-discovery-channel-stores-to-close">Revel in a corporation&#039;s misfortune - all Discovery Channel stores to close</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-alternatives-to-groupon">5 Awesome Alternatives to Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople">6 Ways to Trick Salespeople</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school deals decorate dorm furnishings sales shopping Fri, 15 Aug 2008 16:16:18 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2333 at http://www.wisebread.com Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/school_supplies.jpg" alt="school supplies " title="school supplies " class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="209" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can start stocking up on school (and office) supplies now if you haven&#39;t already but be careful out there. Great deals are everywhere (including Target, Kmart, Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Walgreens, and Toys R Us) but just buy the items you usually need and make sure you are getting a bargain as some items in the back-to-school aisles can be pricey. </p> <p>What do you use a lot of during the year and what would you like to always have on hand, avoiding a time-wasting trip to the office-supply or discount store? And if you&#39;ve got kids in school, what do they usually need? Best bargains for me and my family are spiral notebooks, filler paper, marble composition books, pencils, glue, portfolio folders, crayons, colored markers, and colored pencils. </p> <p>Here are a few things I&#39;ve learned in snapping up these bargains:</p> <ul> <li>Crayola rules! I&#39;ve bought other brands either during sales or at the dollar store but off-brand crayons tend to break easily. For school purposes, small packs (8-24 crayons) are best because too many choices can slow down a project and too many crayons can weigh down a book bag. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Most Staples&#39; brands are fine but the ink pens, I avoid; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Portfolio folder prices and quality vary widely from under 10 cents to close to a dollar; check out the quality (thickness of the paper) before you buy and stock up if you can pay less than 20 cents or preferably 10 cents per folder; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Certain items are harder to find except during the back-to-school sales, such as English/Spanish dictionaries and book covers; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Usually you can get marble composition books (in 2-packs) at the dollar store all year long. </li> </ul> <p>After you bring it all home, keep supplies organized and accessible so you can skip at least a few supply runs until next year. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">12 Back-to-School Shopping Tips for the Busy Parent</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-office-supply-purchases">Best Credit Cards for Office Supply Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mechanical-pencils">The 5 Best Mechanical Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school office supplies school supplies Mon, 06 Aug 2007 00:15:32 +0000 Julie Rains 955 at http://www.wisebread.com The State Sales Tax Holiday is coming... http://www.wisebread.com/the-state-sales-tax-holiday-is-coming <p><img width="256" height="192" title="Tax" alt="Tax" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/169849_tax.jpg" /></p> <p>...if you're lucky enough to live in Tennessee. Yep, April 27th to Aprii 29th is State Sales Tax day for the fortunate folks of Tennessee, introduced as a way to help families save money on essential supplies for back-to-school shopping.</p> <p>You can find out all of the details at <a href="/www.tntaxholiday.com">www.tntaxholiday.com</a> , a website dedicated to the special tax-free holiday.</p> <p>But if you live in Tennessee (or happen to be passing through) don't rush out and buy a 60&quot; LCD TV hoping to save yourself a few-hundred bucks in taxes. As the back-to-school title suggests, this only really covers supplies that will help out the kids.</p> <p>BUT, if you've been planning to pick up a new PC for the family, now may be a great time to open your wallet and run down to Circuit City or Best Buy. With a $1500 ceiling on the price of a new PC, you can pick up a very nice machine and pocket the state taxes for much-needed software.</p> <p><strong>What is covered?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Clothing with a price of $100 or less per item</li> <li>School supplies with a price of $100 or less per item</li> <li>Computers with a price of $1,500 or less per item</li> </ul> <p>As long as you stay within these guidelines, you can save yourself a tidy sum over the tax holiday weekend. No exemption certificate is required, so go nuts. But please, not too nuts. We don't need any more people running up nasty credit card bills <a href="/the-dirty-secrets-of-credit-cards">(see my report on that here)</a> .</p> <p><strong>Other states</strong></p> <p>There are 13 other states, plus the District Of Columbia, that have enacted sales tax holidays. Among them are Iowa and Texas, and this year they hold their sales tax holiday at the beginning of August. Your local state website should have information for you on whether on not you're one of the lucky states that have this holiday, and when it actually takes place. Keep your fingers crossed.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-state-sales-tax-holiday-is-coming">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-adjustments-you-should-make-mid-year">12 Money Adjustments You Should Make Mid-Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year">What was your best purchase in the past year?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-less-cash-for-your-jcpenney-purchase">Use Less Cash for Your JCPenney Purchase</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-some-dorm-deals-and-save-big-even-if-youre-not-a-student">Score Some Dorm Deals and Save Big (Even if You’re Not a Student)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-scrubs">The 5 Best Body Scrubs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school free money Sales Tax save money savings shopping taxes Tennessee Fri, 06 Apr 2007 22:45:58 +0000 Paul Michael 467 at http://www.wisebread.com