back to school kid

It used to be that Labor Day marked the start of the academic year. Not these days. For numerous districts across North America, late August is when class is in session, and that suggests the back-to-school season starts a bit earlier than typical, too.

This week’s collection of Wise Bread classic articles takes us back to back-to-school when again, with suggestions and tricks on minimizing school supplies, conserving time, and conserving the environment.

How to Minimize School Supplies Without Going Crazy – Carrie Kirby shares how she saves time and money on back-to-school by looking for materials from unexpected sources, making best use of benefits points, and taking advantage of loss leaders.

6 Back-to-School Items You Need to Always Purchase the Thrift Store – We enjoy the thrift shop for all kinds of fantastic buys, from clothing to furnishings. Tisha Tolar reminds us that the thrift shop is an excellent location to discover back-to-school savings, too.

Back to School Time Savers – One thing summer does is spoil the mindful academic year routine many families follow to arrive on time (and to stay sane). If you’ve actually forgotten exactly what that routine appear like, have a look at the time savers Debbie Dragon’s household follows.

Save on School Expenditures Without Destroying Your Children’s Youth – Once the academic year gets underway there’ll be a lot even more school-related expenses to budget for, everything from school photos to field journeys. Julie Rains reveals us ways to meet those costs on the inexpensive, without humiliating your student in front of his/her peers.

6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Period – Chris Birk teaches us how to re-supply for the academic year without destroying the environment (or the family spending plan).

Trapper Keeper Returns

Finally, bear in mind the Trapper Keeper? The must’ve school accessory/organizer/fashion statement from the 80s and 90s? It’s back, much better than ever, with dividers and folders for papers, note pads, pencils, and everything else. And now there’s even a Trapper Keeper for your kid’s 9′ or 10′ tablet. Or pick the traditional PeeChee instead, although doodling on it’s probably not a great idea.