August 24, 2019

Brilliant Back to School Tips from Real Moms

We asked two mom bloggers to share their top back-to-school tips. From having the best homeschool year ever to saving money on back to school, these mamas have insight to spare

Money-Saving Back to School Supply Shopping Tip from Melanie @sweetfrugallife

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Mom to three Melanie shares her amazing live-well-and-save-money tips at @sweetfrugallife and on her blog (check out her review of us!). Faced with back to school expenses (kiddos are expensive!), we asked her for tips on saving money in the new school year. She dropped this genius tip on us and we had to share:

Shop your house first!

“This can be a really expensive time of year when you’re trying to buy all those school supplies. I follow the rule to shop your house first. Before you ever even consider going to the store, see what you have laying around your house – it can be used! – for the back to school list. I try to keep all back to school supply options in a box -so when the school supplies list comes, we check it and also desks, drawers, and closets to find whatever you can to fit the back to school supply list before you ever go to the store.”

Such a brilliant idea, thanks, Melanie! Loving that she suggested going with used before new too ;)

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Homeschooling like a Boss - tip from Kayla @mommygazelle

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Travel nurse and mom of two Kayla (on Instagram as @mommygazelle) is sending her daughter off to kindergarten this year – in her kitchen! Kayla and her kiddo are homeschooling, and although she’s feeling some pressure from that decision, she’s also feeling confident she’s got the chops to make this the best homeschool year ever. Back to school can be overwhelming for every parent, and homeschooling parents feel that crunch too, especially with all the preparation that homeschooling requires. To help families succeed in their homeschooling goals, Kayla shared three tips with us that she’s using in her house.

Three Tips for Homeschooling Success courtesy of @mommygazelle

1. Make it fun: Enjoy the process. Your kids will only be in each grade once, so remind yourself to enjoy the process. Be the one to set the tone and atmosphere to help your kids enjoy school and learning.

2. Build a community: Whether you create a homeschool co-op or find other homeschool families in your neighborhood, make an effort to get connected with kiddos and parents who are homeschooling in your area.

3. Snap a first-day photo: Don’t forget to take those doorstep photos. It’s your homeschool kiddo’s first day of school too!