It’s kind of crazy to imagine that it’s already time for kids to be heading back to school! Where did summer go? Like seriously. In the midwest, as much as I love fall, I dread winter..and every day we get cooler temperatures, it means that we’re getting into winter temperatures.. Yes, this time of year makes me paranoid!
I don’t have kids of my own, but this time of year always makes me nostalgic. It also means that I can start shopping for holiday toy drives and use the deals this time of year to stock up on supplies for school supply drives. Years ago, I worked with a youth group I was involved in to collect donations for care packs for foster kids in need. Kids in foster care, as well as other kids going through a rough time can dread this time of year, as it’s been a source of heartache in the past.
As a kid, did you get as giddy as I did when you could stock your new backpack full of colorful folders and supplies? I was always stoked to get a fresh pack of crayons and fully sharpened pencils, markers and sharp scissors for the snazzy pencil box that would sit in my desk. Throw in some colorful and scented erasers and you were set.
I honestly cannot imagine that yearly joy of a new school season being robbed from my childhood- so I usually spend this time of year stocking up for school drives and later, for toy drives- when organization will still gladly give kids toys and much need books and school supplies. Local churches, libraries and even schools in your area may know of a drive in your area, or, as I have in the past, donate to a local foster care organization. Google makes it easy to find one in your area, and it’s really just a great excuse to get a whiff of a new pack of crayons if you’re over 25 without kids like me! Ha!
If you’re like me and you want to give back, or you have kids in school and you want to be sure to stretch your budget, Kmart is your one stop shop for back to school. Not only can you head to Kmart stores or visit Kmart.com/backtoschool to shop online for on-trend apparel, uniform basics and backpacks, but you can also get all of the school supplies on your list while making the most of your back to school budget this fall. (also, omg did you see how cute this backpack is?)
Want to see how far $25 can take you at Kmart?
Kmart has put together a series of looks on their Facebook page, that include clothes and school supplies for $25! You can get a bundle and save a bundle! If you do some shopping at Kmart and snag a set, be sure to use the #BundleBrag hashtag on social media!
Kmart also offers layaway options for back to school, now with text alerts, so it makes back to school shopping even easier!
We’ve partnered with Kmart for back to school season and they’re giving away two awesome gift cards to Frugal Beautiful readers!
One winner will enjoy a $25 Kmart gift card to craft their own #bundlebrag
One winner will enjoy a $100 gift card to give away to a reader to put towards a back to school wardrobe
Congrats to Alyse, the winner of the $25 gift card and Penny is our $100 gift card winner! Winners have been contacted via email. 🙂