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August 19, 2016

Back to School Gifts for Preschool Teachers

Back to School Gifts for Preschool Teachers

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Looking for an simple inexpensive back to school gifts for preschool teachers this year? Why not give them a gift of magic eraser cleaning sponges. The sponges are an excellent way to clean up stray crayon marks, dry paint that was missed during clean up, or marker ink that isn’t where it is supposed to be. If you order the sponges in bulk from sites like Amazon or spongeoutlet.com then it is really an inexpensive gift that will be VERY much appreciated especially if your little ones are in preschool or early elementary. All you do is tie together a few sponges with some ribbon or colored masking tape and attach a little note such as “Magic erasers for you…because the only marks my child leaves behind should be on your heart.” Easy, simple, inexpensive and you will be the new teacher’s pet.

Back to School Gifts for Preschool Teachers

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How many white glue sticks does one kid really need?

Ok, let’s be honest with each other for a minute. When you get your student’s school supply list what is the first thing that pops out of you mouth? “How many white glue sticks does one kid really need?” If you don;t say it out loud you know you are thinking it. Well, let me tell you the honest answer. A LOT!

How many white glue sticks does your kid really need


How many white glue sticks does one kid really need?

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2016 Giving Back Packs Event

Real Advice Gal Giving Back Packs 2016 Event

Every year, we seek sponsors to support us in our efforts to supply as many back packs full of school supplies to needy children as we can. I am happy that we have several great sponsors this year! Wonderful Pistachios and Aldi are returning sponsors this year! We are also grateful for our newest sponsor, Classroom Direct.

2016 Annual Giving Back Packs Event

We also enlist the help of dozens of other bloggers to each fill at least one back pack with school supplies and donate it to a child, school, or organization. You can help by visiting all of the blogger sites listed below. You can help even more by leaving an encouraging comment for our bloggers or sharing their posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest! All of your help makes it possible for us to continue the event from year to year and secure sponsorship.


Giving Back Packs School Supplies 2016


Giving Back Packs 2016

Michele Brosius over at Just 2 Sisters writes about teaching her nieces and nephews to give back through her annual participation in the Giving BackPack Project.

Mommy Makes Time  writes about Making a Difference- Being The Good in the world. 

You need to share these 9 TIPS FOR SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL with your high schooler. Many thanks to Nell at Slap Dash Mom

Simply Sherryl shares 5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping 

We Make 7 shares her experience shopping for supplies and donating her back pack.

Over at ABC Creative Learning, Victoria, is Paying It Forward Giving Back School Supplies

Teaching her kids to give back is important to the Mama Maven.

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Dina at My Un-Entitled Life has a love affair with Wonderful Pistachios and loves to Give Back Packs too!

With 3 kids in school Saving You Dinero knows the cost of school supplies and the importance of teaching her kids to give back.

Wonderful Pistachios are just one of the best 18 portable snacks for teens and tweens over at Saved By Grace.

Kansas Schools will be open and one young man will have all the supplies he needs thanks to She Smiles Within.

Rachelle of Love Laughter Forever After and her daughter are starting the school year off on a bright note by donating a back pack full of school supplies to their new school.

We all want to know “How many glue sticks does one kid really need”! The answer inspired Real Advice Gal writer, Gina to participate in the Giving Back Packs Event.

Salted Almond and Pistachio Bark

Check out this delicious Salted Almond and Pistachio Bark Recipe that I made using Wonderful Pistachios

Frugal Back to School Shopping Ideas

Frugal Back to School Shopping Ideas

Frugal Back to School Shopping Ideas

Back to school shopping frugally

Right now you may be wondering why it is important to start thinking now about next years start of the school year, but if you’re thinking frugally, you already know the answer. Buying during sales cycles always save you money. I purchase a lot of supplies for the next school year well in advance. The only things I don’t purchase in advance are our backpacks and lunch boxes (if you have kids you know how quickly their opinion on those things change). Pencils, hand sanitizer, and filler paper never change.

Frugal Back to School Shopping Ideas

What to buy and when-

This is a good time year to stock up on things like disinfecting wipes, Kleenex, and cold remedies because it is after cold and flu. It is also good time to check out after Christmas special sales in hopes of finding things like pencils and craft supplies very cheap.

After Valentine’s Day sales will be a good time to also stock up on things like pencils, markers, crayons, and stickers.

This is a good time to pick up things like Ziploc bags and storage containers because spring cleaning is in full effect.

This would be a good month to find things that are reusable and/or biodegradable because of it’s proximity to Earth Day. Also, after Easter sales are going to provide plenty of opportunities to find supplies as well.

Between Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day there will be plenty of themed items that will go on sale after holidays. In particular, look out for lots of snack items that can be used in lunches in the fall (fruit gummies, granola bars, chips, and cookie packs).

After Father’s Day you will find a lot of deals on office supplies. Otherwise, not many of the sales will apply to back-to-school.

This is when you will start to see a lot of the traditional back-to-school sales starting. Start keeping an eye out for coupons that can be used next month to coincide with the sales.

This is when the sales should be starting in full force. You’ll be able to find a lot of the clearance sales starting at the end of this month because believe it or not, most retailers are starting to look toward Halloween. This is a great time to stock up for the following year.

This is a great time of year to stock up on breakfast items. Also, this is when the last of the school supplies will be on clearance for the best prices. There will not be much selection, but you can definitely get the most amazing deals.

Because Halloween is a big time to buy things in bulk to hand out as treats, you can often find snack packs a really great deals during Halloween sales. Also the last of the summer clearance items will be at their rock-bottom prices during this month.

As the holidays are getting into full swing, so is Black Friday. This would be a good time to look for electronics for the upcoming school year. Laptops and calculators will be at their cheapest.

2015 Back To School Drive Shopping List


Click on the image above to print this back to school shopping list

I know back-to-school time can be overwhelming for a lot of reasons, but preparedness will help it from getting out of control and breaking too much in your budget. There is no reason to break The bank I’m back to school supplies if you plan ahead.

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I am a stay at home mom and happily married to my husband Tom. I have a five year old daughter and a two and a half year old son. I grew up in Orlando, but went to school in New York City and lived in Los Angeles before moving home to raise a family. I have worked in the film industry since the early nineties, and for over a decade with the Florida Film Festival. I also spent many years working in marketing with Glaceau and Honest Tea. But, I am happiest at home building my family.

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July 29, 2016

15 Cheap Back to School Snacks

Cheap Back to School Snacks

Back to School Snacks

It’s school time once again and aside from new clothes and school supplies you definitely need to prepare lots of snacks for kids. Take advantage of these 15 Cheap Back to School Snacks and save money!

15 Cheap Back to School Snacks

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May 16, 2016

Easy Christian Teacher Gift Ideas

Easy Christian Teacher Gift Ideas

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It’s almost that time guys! The end of the school year is looming closer and closer. I know my kids are ready for it, and honestly, so am I! I love spending the summers with my kids. I’m also super thankful for the teachers that take care of them during their time in school. I mean, they have our children for around 7 hours a day! So we have to make sure they know we appreciate all they do for us and our kids. Every year i always want to make sure I show my kids teachers that their hard work has not gone unnoticed so I make little teachers gifts to show that we care! Continue reading