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Back To School Time!!

While it is only the beginning of August, it is getting close to time to get organized for sending your loved ones back to school!  Or in our case, off to school!  Organizing for the college crowd is a little more complicated, but most of our tips apply to both groups of students.. a few tidbits throughout if you are dealing with colleges near and far.

 School supplies are out and available at office supply stores, big box stores and on-line.  Many stores are holding early sales and the products are available - wait too long and you will not get your choice of styles, colors,etc.. Many of the stores in your area will have copies of your school's list, so grab one at the front of the store and see if you can get everything in one place.  This shopping trip is always a favorite for our kids - even now that they are in college!  I remember being excited to get all my new notebooks, too!

If you do have a son or daughter going off to college, be sure to check the school's requiremetns on appliances you are allowed to bring (size limits, wattage limits) and what is not allowed.  It is surprising how much this varies from school to school.   Don't forget to get extra long sheets for dorm beds.  Bed, Bath and Beyond is a wonderful place to stock up on sheets, towels and other accessories.  They have a service where you buy a cart load of items, tell them when and where you will pick them up ( the college town) and they will have the cart waiting for you.  This saves lots of space in your car and lots of money in shippping costs!  And don't forget a window fan if the dorm room is not air conditioned.

Shopping for books can be an expensive endeavor these days.  Be sure to check for rentals - a good way to save money on books they do not want to keep.  Also look for paperback options which are less expensive and lighter to carry around in a backpack.  Bookstores and online vendors are having back to school sales,too.

Back to school shopping can be fun and productive, so plan out your destinations, hit the sales and do it early.  Then you can enjoy the rest of summer knowing this chore is behind you!

                                  Keep Smiling

                                 Muffy and JoEllen


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