Back to School Shopping Tax FREE Holidays 2013

Many states are offering Back to School Tax FREE Shopping holidays in 2012.  Here is a full list of participating states.  Follow the links for each state for more information.  Most states offer $100.00 in tax free clothing, $100.00 in tax free school supplies & $1,500.00 in tax free technology (computers and such) but be sure to check your specific state for information.  Some states offer better deals than others!

Alabama – August 2-4

Arkansas – August 3-4

Connecticut – August 18-24

Florida – August 2-4

Georgia – August 9-10

Iowa – August 2-3

Louisiana – August 2-3

Maryland – August 11-17

Mississippi – July 26-27

Missouri – August 2-4

New Mexico – August 2-4

North Carolina – August 2-4

Oklahoma – August 2-4

South Carolina – August 2-4

Tennessee – August 2-4

Texas – August 9-11

Virginia – August 2-4


Crayola Crayons for $.25 each PLUS teacher gift ideas!

This is probably your last chance to stock up crayons at rock bottom prices!   This week, they are on sale for just $.25 each at Toys ‘R Us!  Stock up now to have them on hand for your kids or keep them to make gifts for teachers later in the year!  From my experience, teachers also ask you to replenish school supplies mid-year, so these would be great to have on hand for that!

Here are a few teacher gift ideas you can make using crayons that will come in handy later for the holidays or teacher appreciation week!

I LOVE these crayon monograms!  I found this picture at BMoore Celebrations.

This crayon wreath is super cute, too!  Get the scoop on how to make it here–> Teacher crayon wreath

Remember if your Toys ‘R Us store is sold out of these crayons, you can always price match at Walmart or Target!

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Back to School Traditions: Five Back to School Traditions that ROCK!

I have always been big on trying to establish traditions with my family. Last weekend I stayed at my sister’s house for a night so that she and her husband could get away for the first time in almost six years without kids and I realized that traditions don’t have to be “big” They just have to be meaningful to your family! I loved that as soon as her kids woke up Saturday morning they KNEW it was Saturday and that they could eat their breakfast in the family room while watching cartoons!

Image Credit: Nie Nie Dialogues

The summer before my daughter started kindergarten, I read on NieNie Dialogues about her fabulous Back to School feast for her kids. I’m not quite as creative (or ambitious) as she is, but I decided to start this tradition in our house. My kids have been asking me about it for a few days now. We have one of their favorite meals (so far it has been homemade macaroni and cheese four years running now!) and talk about goals, fears and the upcoming year in general.

First Day of School Picture Ideas:  Since my daughter started kindergarten, I’ve always taken a picture of her holding the date and her grade. My son starts kindergarten this year and I plan to do this again, but then I’m going to save that picture for the end of the school year and I’ll take another picture on the last day of school with each kid holding their first day of school picture like this one I found on Call Me Crafty Al!

First Day of School Picture Ideas
Image Credit: Call Me Craft Al

Back to school letter from parents
Letters – Write your child a letter at the start of the school year telling them all the things you love about them, the things you hope they’ll learn that year, or the things that they love at that point in time. Save all of the letters and make them into a book for graduation! I am planning on starting this tradition this year! When they head off to college, you can send them with their book of letters and another letter!

Image Credit: Skip to My Lou

Heart Attack – Cover your child’s door with hearts telling them all the things you love about them to start their day off right on the first day of school. This is also great for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or just because!

Image Credit: Happiness Is

Back to School Fairy – Have the Back to School Fairy visit and bring a new book, a journal, or school supplies!

Back to School Fashion show – I can remember doing this as a kid and now I love to see my kids parade around in their new school clothes while we try to choose a first day of school outfit and outfits for the rest of the week!

Don’t forget to add a special “I love you” or “Have a great day” note in their lunch boxes!  That’s something else my daughter looks forward to each year!

What are YOUR back to school traditions?

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The Disney Store Back to School Sales: Backpacks for $12 and Lunch Totes for $8!

The Disney Store is having a back to school sale!  Get backpacks for $12 and lunch totes for $8!  Your child can choose from character favorites including Cars 2, Disney princesses, Marvel super heroes, Mickey or Minnie Mouse and more!  You can personalize them, too!

Click here to shop this sale–> The Disney Store Back to School sale

Get free shipping when you spend $75 or more and enter the code SHIPTODAY at check-out.

You can also get an additional 3% cash back when you shop through and a $5 cash back bonus if you are shopping through their site for the first time.

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FREEBIE ALERT: FREE School supplies at Target!

I can’t believe that the time for back to school shopping is already here!  You can score several free school supplies at Target right now!  This is a great time to stock up!  If you don’t have little ones, you can always grab some things to donate!

Here are some of the deals you can get:

Papermate pens (10 ct) – $1
$1 off Papermate writing instrument Target printable
Final Price = FREE after coupon

Rose Art School Supplies (this deal starts 8/5)
-Rose Art crayons (24 ct) – $.25 each
-Rose Art glue sticks – $.25 each
-Rose Art Markers or pencils – $.49 each
$1/3 Rose Art products – 7-29 RP
FREE Rose Art crayons when you buy Rose Art Markers and pencils store promotion (beginning 8/5)
Final Price = 4 items for FREE!

Scotch Magic Tape – $.49
$.50/1 Scotch Magic Tape Target coupon
Final Price = FREE after coupon

NOTE:  Target printable coupons have a limit of one per transaction.  Target does not give overage.

(Thanks Totally Target!)

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