Hey Friends ~

I have a GREAT new “Back to School”/School Supplies Shopping Tip that I’m excited to share with you!

A few years ago I brought my gang to Target to grab some of their amazing school supplies deals. It ended up being stressful, exhausting and overwhelming!!!

What was supposed to be a quick “grab some quick deals” ended up being a huge “whine fest”. I left with a cart full of things I had planned to buy AND a huge headache!

We now have a new joy-filled, peaceful tradition!

Each summer, I start grabbing all of the amazing school deals as I can (but I go shopping on my own!).

Just a few weeks before school starts, I open my “Back to School” Store. I give all of my kids the supplies list they received from school, as well as a checklist of responsibilites to accomplish that day (empty out backpack, fill backpack with new supplies, etc..)

Last year my 4 kids were all ready for new backpacks, so their first stop at my “store” was to select a new back pack (of course, I had already pre-bought the backpacks).

This way I didn’t have to argue with them about why I wouldn’t buy a “Hannah Montana” backpack (or whatever).

Next the kids would walk through my store, select the supplies they needed, and highlight their sheet as they put them in their backpack. It works like a charm!!

Any extra supplies I save to either donate to their classrooms, or for mid-year when they need new glue sticks, pencils, etc..

And yes, I also have my son Jake (who will be a senior in high school) play along (just not on the same day as my 3 elementary age kids). A few years ago Jake waited until the NIGHT BEFORE school started to realize he needed new stuff. We spent almost $100 on supplies, and waited in loooong lines at the supply store. Never again!!

This week is a perfect week to start your “Back to School” stash. Check out these great deals!

How do you get ready for Back to School?? I’d love to hear from you!!! And For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, head over to We Are That Family. You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*. God’s richest blessings to you!

P.S. I’m also linking up with The Mommy Club @ Crystal and Co. Be sure to stop by and check out these great Mommy Resources! 🙂


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