The Back To School Countdown has Begun!

I know some of your kids have already started school for the 2022-2023 school year, but my kiddos don’t start for another few weeks.

The Back to School countdown has begun, and here is how we are saving money.

School Supplies: Most schools’ public supply lists by class on their website. Once you know who your child’s teacher is going to be, you can purchase supplies. Most teachers like trusted name-brand supplies like Ticonderoga pencils, Crayola crayons, Crayola washable markers, and Expo whiteboard markers.  Here are a few of the stores that have great prices on school supplies!

Target: School supplies starting at $0.25
Walmart: Up to 75% off select school supplies
Office Depot and Office Max: Up to 60% off bestselling school supplies. Save 25% off on backpacks excluding Jansport
Michaels: Teacher Must-Haves, Art Supplies, and more all under $10.00

There will be several backpack giveaways throughout August. There is one tomorrow in Lemon Grove. Information can be found here. 

There will be a backpack and school supply giveaway courtesy of SMOAC on August 20, 2022 at Rio Seco School in Santee. It is a drive-thru event.

Clothing/Shoes: If you are like me, you grab kids’ clothes at swaps all year, but there are some things that you need to buy new. Once you’ve set your budget for clothes/shoes/accessories, keep an eye out for BTS sales (which are in full swing right now).

Because Southern California doesn’t get chilly in the fall, a lot of the standard BTS clothing fare isn’t great for our kids- long pants, turtlenecks, sweaters, jean jackets- I’m sweating just thinking about those! Don’t forget to scope out the sale and clearance racks for shorts and short sleeve shirts!

I love shopping Kohl’s and JCPenney. They frequently have sales, coupon codes, and deals where you can earn Kohl’s Cash/JCP Rewards for future purchases. Earn even more cashback when you shop online and opt for in-store pickup. I like shopping through Mypoints or Ibotta (make sure to check out both of their browser extensions to help you earn points/cashback). This is also a hot tip for Target and Walmart shoppers!

If your budget is a little too tight, check out local clothing swaps! Porchlight is holding one on 8/27/2022 for womens’ and kids’ clothing. More information can be found here.

We also shop a lot at thrift stores- Amvets and DAV are two of my favorites here in San Diego.

Food: I know this might be weird to include, but kiddos have to have healthy food to function and grow. Thanks to the California Universal Meals program, all kids in k-12 education settings will receive free breakfast and lunch if wanted. And I will continue to post about free opportunities for food each month, and more often as they come across my desk. Feeding San Diego Tour is a great resource that has locations all over San Diego County!

 

 

 

 

Free Back To School Haircuts at Raymond’s Barbershop (San Diego, CA)

My guy gets incredible haircuts at Raymond’s Barbershop from Larry the Barber. I love supporting local businesses, and Raymond’s is the best barbershop in East County.

Their annual free haircut event is back!

  • FREE back to school haircuts for kiddos grades K – 12.
  • Raymond’s Barbershop- 225 Town Center Pkwy Suite C, Santee, CA 92071
  • August 14, 2022.
  • From 9 to 1 PM.
  • First come first served (no appointments)

Because it’s a barbershop, they primarily work on boys, but if your kiddo needs a rockin’ short style, Raymond’s is the place.

Getting Ready for Back to School: Health Edition

The Back to school shopping crazies will start in a few weeks with sales and deals, but one thing we’ve done this summer to help with Back to school is getting everyone in tip-top health!

I made sure the kids are seeing all the doctors/specialists over the summer to minimize appointments during the school year.

Here in California vision and dental insurance is included under health insurance plans for kids 18 and under. To learn more, check the back of your kid’s health insurance card for phone numbers.

The kids saw the dentist and had eye exams. New glasses were ordered through the optometrist that are part of the vision insurance (one pair every 2 years from a list of specific frames), and we get the paper prescription for our family binder. 

I order extra pairs of glasses through online discount retailers such as EYEBUYDIRECT. A lot of online discount retailers have inexpensive kid’s glasses that can be less than $20 a pair, which is great to have on hand because we all know, kids tend to break stuff.

EYEBUYDIRECT prices start at $6 for select frames!

I also had the kids see any specialists that they needed to, in our case they needed to go to the podiatrist.

And of course, we took care of behavioral/mental health appointments and medication checks over the summer as well. And all future mental/behavioral health appointments are after school or on weekends.

The next health component that I am working on is getting our family first aid kit up to snuff, and that will be a separate post over the weekend.

8/22/2021 Freebies and Deals!

I was so busy Friday, and I apologize for not posting the Friday Freebies and Deals. I had a job interview (It was a hot mess- they told me it was PT and within my desired salary, but turns out it was FT, $4/hour less, and not a fit at all), then prep to do tie-dye, and by then my window of opportunity to get writing done was over.

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.

BUUTTT- we have freebies. And Deals. And a photo of my cat. Isn’t she cute?

Freebies:

Free Dannon YoCrunch Yogurt at Select Stores
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Pinkberry Yogurt for Your Birthday

Free Hope & Sesame Sesamemilk
Free Jimmy Dean Products
500 Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Points
Free Subscription to Vogue Magazine
Free Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers at Walmart
Free Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Jelly Beans at Walmart
Free MEMBER’S MARK Seasoned Pulled Chicken
Score Walmart+ FREE for 15 Days
Free Baby Samples from Amazon
Free Hallmark Card Every Month
Free 8×10 Photo Print at Walgreens
Free Full-Size Herb Tech CBD Topical Product
Free iRobot Roomba j7 or j7+ Vacuum
Free Brave Robot Ice Cream at Sprouts
Free Sample of StriVectin Advanced Retinol Moisturizer
Free $5 at Corner Bakery Cafe
Free Samples of RawRev Glow Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Bars
Free All-Purpose In The Raw Optimal Zero Calorie Sweetener Blend
Text for $10 Off at Lane Bryant = Free Item
Free South of France Soap
Free Differin Gel After Rebate
3 Free Gratitude Postcards

Deals

Kalee Ride On Musical School Bus ONLY $12.71 (Reg. $30)
Transformers Robots Electronic Game ONLY $5.82 (Reg. $15)
Kate Spade Monet Triple Compartment Tote ONLY $129 (Reg $399)
Insignia Digital Air Fryer Oven ONLY $59.99 (Reg $130)
Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set ONLY $7.99 on Amazon (Reg. $15)
Kate Spade Leila Top Zip Crossbody ONLY $89 Shipped (Reg $299)
Home Expressions Bath Towels ONLY $3.99 at JCPenney
Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX Vacuum ONLY $129.99 (Reg $220)
Huge 75oz Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Soap ONLY $6 (reg $16.99)
MUK LUKS Women’s Shayna Sandals ONLY $17.99 (Reg. $45)
Patio Table Umbrella 9-Foot ONLY $35.99 (Reg $50)
Olive Woven Strap Sandals ONLY $14.99 (Reg $40)
WowWee Pixie Belles ONLY $5.24 (Reg. $15)
Toastmaster 1.5-Cup Mini Chopper ONLY $9.99 (Reg $25)
Infinity Home Novelty Print Fleece Throws ONLY $7.99 (Reg $20)
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Fire Station ONLY $16.85 (Reg. $40)

8/13/2021 Friday Freebies and Deal!

It’s the last Friday before school starts! I’ve spent most of the week cleaning closets, washing new clothes, and getting a bag (or two) of outgrown kids’ clothes ready to pass along to smaller friends.

I’m entering into a few brand partnerships, so you’ll see some cool content and recipes coming up over the next few weeks.

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.

Freebies:

Free Rebellyous Foods Nuggets
Free Sample of L’Oreal Hair Toning Gloss
Free Starburst Pops or Dum Dums Mega Mix Suckers
Free Jumbo Jack Burger at Jack in the Box
Free Impossible Foods T-Shirt, Socks & More
Free Malibu Mylk Unsweetened Vanilla Flax Mylk
Free Sample of Hermes Paris Fragrance
15 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Golden Ratio Coffee Sample
Free AOR Superfocus
Free Astroglide Sample Pack
Free So Delicious Mozzarella Style & Cheddar Style Shreds
Free Retinol Alternative Skincare Product + $75 eGift Card
Free IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara
Free Frozen Yogurt at Menchie’s – Today
Subaru Owners – Request a Free Personalized Badge of Ownership
Free Boosh Plant-Based Bowls
Free Pack of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit
Free TENA Caregiver Sampling Kit
Free Conair Hair Dryer
Free AOR PEAK Activate
Free AOR Curcumin Ultra
Free AOR Ortho Sleep
$20 in Free School Supplies & Food
Free Noxicare Pain Relief Cream Sample Pack
Free Car Care Check at GoodYear
Free NotCo Plant-Based Milk Alternative
Free Breakfast Sandwich at Wendy’s August 13th & 14th

 

Deals:

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Jeans at Aeropostale + FREE Shipping
Short-Sleeve Tee-&-Joggers Sets ONLY $11.69 with Extra 10% Off
70% Off All Sandals + Extra 10% Off
70% Off Sheet Sets + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Mr Clean Magic Eraser 9-Count ONLY $4.89 (Reg. $9.58)
Travelers Club 3-Pc Hardside Luggage Set ONLY $139.99 (Reg $400)
Trendy Tunics & Tunic Dresses ONLY $7.99 + Free Shipping Offer
T-Fal Culinaire Fry Pans Set of 2 ONLY $15.99 (Reg $60)

55% Off Cookware and Accessories + Extra 10% Off at Checkout

Lightweight Bomber Jacket ONLY $22.99 (Reg. $50)

Flat Iron Professional Hair Straightener ONLY $16.20 (Reg $60)

Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game ONLY $16.53 (Reg. $34)

FREE Shipping on All Orders at elf Cosmetics

PLAYMOBIL Crystal Palace ONLY $65.30 (Reg. $140)

Puma Kids Slide Sandals ONLY $14.97 (Reg $25)

Kalee Ride On Musical School Bus ONLY $15.93 (Reg $30)

Price Drop: Elmer’s Rainbow Slime Starter Kit ONLY $3.94

Women’s Juniors Graphic Tees ONLY $7.99 at JCPenney (Reg $20)

8/6/2021 Friday Freebies and Deals

Hey Gang! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some freebies and deals.

It’s 100% Back to School Season at our house! School starts in 2 weeks and we are knee deep in cleaning out our closets to see what kind of new clothes are needed (socks, the answer is socks), as well as checking backpacks and lunch bags to see what needs to be replaced.

This will be the last week that I post these links, as most of these programs are ending in the next week or so:

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.

Freebies:

Free Hair Boost Serum
Free Donut Wednesdays at Dunkin
Free Sample of Orgain Protein Powder
Free Bath Bombs
Free Celltrient Cellular Health Supplement Packets
Free Sample of Breathe Right Extra Clear Nasal Strips
Free noops Organic Oatmilk Pudding
Free $5 Off $5 at Ace Hardware = Free Item
Free WaterWipes Sample Pack
Free Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Chocolate
Free No7 Pure Retinol Night Cream or Eye Cream
Free Sample of CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
Free School Bus Bookends from Home Depot
Free Marsh Wear Stickers
Free Subscription to Vanity Fair Magazine
Free AHA Sparkling Water For Heat Wave Affected Cities
Free Spotlight Oral Care Whitening Strips Sample
Free Pizookie at BJ’s
Free Subscription to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine
Free Patchology Hero Status Roll Model Roll-On Eye Serum
Free Alpha Foods Breakfast Sandwich
Free Sample of Valentino Voce Viva Fragrance
Free Ocean’s Halo Organic Soy-Free Dressing
Free Sample of Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
Free Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
Free Sample of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Free $5 Target Gift Card with COVID Vaccine
Free Democracy Now Sticker
Free Ayn Rand Novels for Teachers
Free MyHeritage Ancestry Tools

 

Deals:

Ozark Trail Stainless Steel Water Bottle 3-Pk $10.74 (Reg. $35)
Infantino Sensory Balls Blocks & Buddies ONLY $9 (Reg. $25)
Persil 100oz Laundry Detergent ONLY $8.39 Shipped
Play-Doh Builder Ice Cream Stand ONLY $4.99 (Reg. $11)
6-in-1 Happy Rainbows Backpack ONLY $10 (Reg $40)
Disney Minnie Mouse Oh So Chic Floral Festival $8.78 (Reg. $15)
Insulated 24-Can Cooling Lunch Bag ONLY $19.99 (Reg $40)
Home Expressions Cotton Print Duvet Set ONLY $27.99 (Reg $55)
KLUTZ Make Your Own Mini Erasers Toy ONLY $9.63 (Reg. $22)
Calvin Klein Multi-Stripe Dress Socks 4-Pk ONLY $4.96 (Reg $24)
70% Off Draped in Kimonos & Ponchos + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Claim $10 Cash in the Windex Class Action Settlement
70% Sandals by Dansko + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
3-Person Family Outdoor Waterproof Tent ONLY $24.99 (Reg $57)
Mario Boys Backpack 5-Piece Set ONLY $15.99 (Reg $42)
Paris Minuit 2-Pc Reversible Comforter Set ONLY $29.99 (Reg $80)
Bella Round Nonstick Electric Skillet ONLY $21.99 (Reg $45)
Coach Addie Crossbody ONLY $98.40 (Reg $328)
Gerber Baby Girls’ Flannel Burp Cloths 8-Pk ONLY $6.29 (Reg $18)
Wellue Pulse Oximeter ONLY $20.39 (Reg $60)
65% Off Betsey Johnson + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
$1.00 Personalization on Backpacks & More at ShopDisney
Muk Luks Snake-Embossed Sandals ONLY $9.56 (Reg $40)
4-Tier Slim Storage Rolling Cart ONLY $23.96 (Reg $40)
Kate Spade Patrice Sailing Stripe Satchel ONLY $99 (Reg $359)
EVA Footbed Sandals ONLY $13.49 with Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Nike Shoe Clearance – 50% Off Sneakers & Sandals + Free Shipping
30% Off Coupon for Yankee Candle
50% Off ZOOGS Kids Boots + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Up to 70% Off Bic Pens on Amazon

The Ultimate Teacher Sale at Mabel’s Labels

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

It’s back to school time and Mabel’s Labels is hooking up the teachers in your life.

Now, through Sunday 8/8, The Ultimate Teacher Sale is on at Mabel’s Labels! Save 20% off ALL of the Teacher Label Products.

INCLUDED PRODUCTS:
Small Rectangle Labels
Classroom Labels
Classroom Name Tags
Custom Classroom Labels
Classroom Line Up Floor Decals
Writeable Disinfected Stickers
Teacher Stamp
Stand Here Animal Floor Decals
Personalized Book Stamp

ABOUT OUR TEACHER LABELS:
Being a teacher is challenging, but being organized doesn’t need to be! Mabel’s Labels provides teachers with the tools for an A+ Classroom.

Small Rectangle Labels – The no-brainer classroom essential that every busy teacher needs
The Teacher Stamp – A fun and easy way to personalize your students work and make them smile
The Book Stamp – Personalize your classroom library and avoid library mix-ups
Custom Classroom Labels – Keep your classroom engaging, colorful, and organized

8/14/2021 Back to School Backpack Giveaway (National City, CA)

If you aren’t able to make the other school supply/backpack giveaways I have posted about, this event, brought to you by San Diego Child Support.

  • August 14, 2021
  • 9am-1pm
  • 401 Mile of Cars Way National City, CA 91950

8/3/2021-8/5/2021 FREE Family End of Summer Palooza (La Mesa, CA)

I’ve been looking for back-to-school freebies and backpack giveaways to post about, and I found this event, sponsored by Grossmont Healthcare District.

The event is FREE to attend and will include free back-to-school supplies, health activities, and fun prizes given away each day!

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Each day during the event, there will be a Food drive To help local community members in need. They will be collecting canned foods to give back to the East County community.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 10AM-2PM: Get ready for back to school The park will be filled with community partners and a back to school giveaways! A DJ will get the fun time going all day long.

Wednesday, August 4th, 10AM-2PM: Get crafty The fun continues with take-home crafts in the park, face-painting activities, and a story-time led by some furry friends, including free books to those that join!

Thursday, August 5th, 10AM-2PM: Get active For a family activity, we’ll have a fun group exercise for all ages and levels of activity to get you moving outdoors! A fresh food giveaway will be this day, as well as the big prize- a $120 Gift Card!

 

Community Partners:

  • Herrick Health Library
  • YMCA
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Neighborhood Healthcare
  • La Maestra
  • San Diego Food Bank
  • El Cajon Valley High School Community Center
  • Love on a Leash
  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield
  • San Ysidro Health
  • Molina

Free back to School offers from Ibotta!

 

Hot damn friends! This deal is incredible. Go to your desktop, log on to Ibotta (sign up here if you already haven’t), and unlock these deals redeemable at Target, HEB, or via Shipt if you are an online/app shopper, or in store at Walmart.  These offers expire on 8/31/2021.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right: Skippy Peanut Butter, Smucker’s Squeeze Fruit Spread, Ticonderoga #2 pencils, Kleenex, Fruit Cups, 5-star notebook, Pink Pearl Erasers, and Nature’s own bread- All for free after Ibotta rebates.

And don’t forget to save your receipt and scan it on Fetch Rewards to earn more points!