Ok, so as much as I’ve been posting about summer fun and adventures, Back To School is lurking around the corner.
Here are some awesome deals and freebies:
Office Depot has a great selection of $10 backpacks, some of them (like the two above) come with pencil cases, lunch bags, and water bottles too!
Most office supply stores have great deals on markers, crayons, and markers right now too. Deals are changing weekly. If you don’t have time to chase deals, I’ve found a couple decent deals. Prices on Amazon change quickly, so I haven’t listed them, but you can click on each link and check them out.
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack
Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 7 Gram, 30 Count
Crayola Crayons Bulk, 24 Box Classpack, 24 Assorted Colors
If you are a teacher/educator, check out these three freebies:
If your kids are like mine, they lose stuff all the time, so I’ve invested in The back to school pack of label set from Mabel’s Labels.
If you need some help obtaining school supplies for your kiddos, there is help out there for you.
Free Backpacks with School Supplies at Boost Mobile
If you are an East County Area Resident (San Diego County), check out this awesome offer from the Santee Mobilehome Owners Association, INC (SMOAC) is handing out backpacks full of supplies for kids Kindergarten and up. Each backpack has age/grade-appropriate supplies. This event takes place at the Santee Library from 10 AM until they run out. In addition, there will be free haircuts for girls and boys and many other surprises that day.
Talk Back: If you know of any free school supplies or deal, please share!
Did you know that Michael’s hosts free and low-cost crafting events for kids ages 3+?
This week there are some really fun activities!
- 6/3: Sparkling Dragonflies (4-6pm)
- 6/4: Woven Turtles (4-6pm)
- 6/5: Butterfly Puppet Garden (4-6pm)
- 6/6: Bug Catcher Jar (4-6pm)
- 6/7 Painted Bug Rocks (4-6pm)
And the first 100 event attendees per store will receive a $5 off $5+ coupon! With so many craft supplies at $5 or less, you’ll be able to score something cool!
And Every Saturday there is a new craft class from 10am-12pm for just $3!
I’m really looking forward to Camp Creativity.
Each week has a different theme, and each 30 minute craft session is only $3!
What I really like about these craft classes at Michaels is that the kids get to try out new crafts and I don’t have to lay out a ton of money to buy a bunch of supplies for something that the kids may not be all that into.
And- to be honest, I’m not faced with the craft aftermath clean up. Yall know what I mean.
I received an email from the big kids school about this class and I thought I’d share.
Spending and saving, taking control of your future!
I am in no way affiliated with this workshop, I thought I’d share it with others who may be interested. This workshop is sponsored by The Santee Collaborative.
Parents and caregivers: It’s ok to say that you don’t have all the answers, and it’s ok to look for help. Jewish Family Services has a Positive Parenting Program and it’s coming to Santee next month! It’s a free class, and all you have to do to attend is call Meredith Riffel at 619-258-2345 to RSVP.
From their website, “The Positive Parenting Program (PPP) provides free parenting workshops throughout San Diego County in Head Start preschools, elementary schools, and other community sites to help parents and professionals learn how to use simple, practical, and powerful strategies to strengthen families.
Throughout our five-year history, we have served more than 5,000 families, helping 10,000 low-income preschool children communicate better, cooperate more, and show greater respect toward their parents, teachers, peers, and themselves. Nearly 97% of parents surveyed report seeing improvements in their children’s behavior!”
The best part is that childcare is provided for those of us with littles that are not in school yet!
My sister-in-law is about to have her first baby. Some months ago, we loaned her husband, my brother-in-law a copy of The Expectant Father. While he was reading the book, he discovered that we had left a set of our oldest’s ultrasounds in the pages of the book.
She texted me a few days ago to let me know that they were mailing them back. I received the ultrasounds today, and it really took me back to when I was pregnant with my oldest. I had no idea what I was in for. He was unexpected, and so neither myself nor my spouse knew what to expect beyond what modern media tells us (and what I’d experienced babysitting family and neighbors growing up). Reading the books we had purchased blindly at the bookstore (so many books on being pregnant and birth are available!) were helpful, but learning about what we needed to know first hand from professionals would have been so much better. I wish I had known about Planning for Pregnancy Events from Sharp.
Coming up July 23-26 at 5 different Sharp locations throughout San Diego County is a free Planning for Pregnancy event where you’ll meet doctors including a Sharp-affiliated reproductive endocrinologist, OBGYN and other experts.
In addition to getting your questions answered about pregnancy and preparing for pregnancy, you will learn more about:
- Preparing your body for pregnancy, including diet, birth control and what to avoid
- Having a baby later in life
- Choosing an OBGYN and pediatrician
- Reproductive planning
- Determining your natural fertility schedule and optimizing your ability to get pregnant
- Fertility challenges and treatments, including how common conditions — such as endometriosis and fibroids can impact pregnancy
- Support groups and classes at Sharp HealthCare. We used a lot of these support groups after our oldest was born. I had a lot of challenges with breastfeeding and PPD.
What I really like about these classes besides that they are free and open to ANYONE, regardless of which insurance company you have, is that doctors and specialists are there to help you on your journey to parenthood. Wherever you are in your journey, even if you’ve just gotten married or are thinking about kids someday in the future, this class at Sharp can help you.
I’ve taken a lot of classes at Sharp- all of which were free, and easy to sign up for. If this Planning for Pregnancy Event sounds like something you are interested in, you can learn more, and RSVP here.
This post was sponsored by Sharp, however all opinions are my own. You can read my disclosure policy here.
It’s been a few years since I’ve taught for the San Diego Library, but they’ve asked me back, and I can’t wait to share with you all my tips and tricks to saving money with coupons and more!
Date: January 24, 2018
Location: North Park Library, 3795 31st St, San Diego, CA 92104
Want to learn the secrets of couponing and saving money?
You’ll learn tips and tricks in my 90 minute class!
NO MORE EXCUSES!! Saving Money is for everyone! Regardless of your budget, eating habits, or dietary concerns, you can save money (that includes those with food sensitivities/allergies, vegetarians and vegans)!
Here is what you’ll learn:
- How to save 60-100% off regular retail prices
- Where to find Coupons and how to organize them
- The low down on rebate apps like Ibotta and Fetch Rewards
- Real, useful, tips to stretch that hard earned dollar
- How to avoid paying full price for anything ever again
- How to find Local Groups and Programs to help you on your savings journey
The class is taught by Abby Hewes (Formerly of the blog CA Coupon Diva, now writer at Hewes Family Fun). She has taught hundreds of people how to save and is passionate about saving money. Today, with her family of 4, she spends no more than $300 a month for her Groceries & Household items (including organic produce and diapers)!
To Sign up for the class, call the library at (619) 533-3972 to RSVP!