4 things I splurge on for back to school + a GIVEAWAY!

full disclosure: we were not at school for this picture. IKEA gets the credit! 

full disclosure: we were not at school for this picture. IKEA gets the credit! 

I love back to school shopping! I have great memories of it when I was a child and am happy to pass that on to our kids. Frugal shopping is a standard in our home: I shop the sales and discounts (our Crazy8 had crazy good deals this week: $3 boy polos and $3 girl t-shirts). BUT there are a few things completely worth splurging over. Here are my top 4!


Buying a sturdy pair of sneakers and sandals is a must! We purchased Tsukihoshi Sneakers (affiliate link) for both kids last fall. Their shoes were comfortable for recess and they lasted all year. They cost 2x as much as Target or Wal-Mart shoes and they lasted 4x as long.


We purchased our kids backpacks 3 years ago from L.L. Bean and they are still going strong! Right now they are on sale for $29 and that really is not much more than a backpack from Target.


Water bottles 

Our kids bring in a water bottle everyday with their snack and the cheaper bottles tend to leak. Plus I want a bottle they can open themselves, so Camelback or Nalgene (affiliate links) are the way to go. We have had ours a few years and they still work! Just be sure to write their names on them!


I purchased lunchboxes from the big box store last fall and was so disappointed with their quality. The plastic tore, the handles were hanging by a thread. This year I purchased ours from Land's End. I even splurged and added their names to the front so they don't get lost. 

Now for the really fun part! 

I am participating in a $100 back to school giveaway with 5 other bloggers. Its easy-peasy to enter and all you need is a paypal email (so we can send the winner the money!) I just purchased school supplies last night, and goodness $100 would be useful this time of year!


There are some insanely creative, talented and generous ladies behind this giveaway! Their blogs are full of inspiration—be sure to click through and check them out!

The Caterpillar Years

Tag and Tibby (that's me!)

Mommy Maleta

A Girl Named PJ

Snap Happy Mom

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Prize: $100 CASH! 

The giveaway will close August 14th at 11:59 pm MST. The prize will be awarded via PayPal, winner must have a valid PayPal account!

What will you purchase if you win?