Tips to Save Money At School

Saving Money This School Year

It is not quite back to school for us yet, but at work we are gearing up for a new school year. I know that school has already started in some areas. Having worked in a school for years, I wanted to share some tips to save money at school.

Saving Money This School Year

  • Take an assessment of school supplies from last year. Can you reuse that backpack? Just because a box of crayons is half-used, does not mean they still cannot be used.
  • For the school supplies that are needed, check out your Sunday paper for all the sales. There are some amazing sales right now and now is the time to stock up on notepads, highlighters, etc. Buy extra for other great uses.
  • Take an inventory on clothes you already have. Turn jeans that are too small into shorts or a cute bag. Check out the thrift stores for clothing. You can often find new items that have never been worn there as well.
  • Organize a clothing swap with friends. People get tired of perfectly good stuff and it is nice when someone you know can use it.
  • Organize a car pool for pick up and drop off. This saves you gas and time, plus it is less traffic at the school with less cars – win win.
  • Send your student with a refillable drink container instead of water bottles or juice boxes. This saves quite a bit over time and your are helping protect our environment too.
  • Check out the dollar stores for school supplies. There are some great selections at these stores. The items in the photo above are from a dollar store aisle.
  • Encourage your child to make there own lunch as often as possible. If they cannot make it, they can help pick the items to go into it. So many lunchables are tossed in the trash with only the cookies eaten so be sure you check to see what your child likes.
  • Package your own snacks. Individual preportioned snacks are really pricey when you do the math.
  • If your kids are in middle or high school, ask friends who have older kids if they would be interested in tutoring. College students can be also be great tutors for a lot less money.
  • Do not spend money on fundraisers for the school. Instead offer services to help with the project or if you want to contribute, just make a straight donation. Many of those programs have a large profit margin (gift wrap, greeting cards etc). While they offer prizes for the kids, there is also a good margin that stays with the fundraising company.
  • If you do drive or pick up your kids from school, incorporate errands into these trips to save on gas.

For college students

  • Purchase used books. Check for the same titles on Amazon to see if you can find a better price. Sell your book back at the end of the class, if you can.
  • Use public transportation at school. Parking and driving your car can be very expensive.

 

Do you have a school money saving tip to share?

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

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It has been so much fun being a part of Wonderful Wednesday this month. I loved meeting so many new blogs and enjoying the great diversity of blog posts that have been shared. I have enjoyed being a part of this blog hop and may be back to hosting one sometime in the future.

Before I share the most viewed, I would like to highlight some of my favorites from last week.

Favorites from Last Week

First there is the 10 Fabulous French Toast Recipes from Krafy Cards Etc. Yum!!

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I also loved the Fall Mason Jars from Anything and Everything DIY Blog.

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Now on to the Most viewed, which I loved.  Just look at the title and you will see why! “3 Seconds to an Organized Husband” by Coconut Head Survival Guide. Were you one of the ones who clicked on it the moment you saw it? I was!!!


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Grilled Bacon and Fontina Sandwich

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This weekend was a busy one. We celebrated our son’s birthday, went to a high school reunion (my husband’s), and hosted our annual Fantasy Football draft party. A lot of fun times and a lot of good eating too!  We are enjoying these last few weeks of summer and although I am not quite ready for it to end, I am excited about enjoying pumpkin and apple flavors in the months to come.

With the final week of bacon month here, I am sharing a tasty Grilled Bacon and Fontina sandwich today.

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I have shared a version of this recipe before, but it is such a tasty recipe, I wanted to share it with my new readers. It is really good, especially with a hot bowl of soup or chili. The crispy bread and bacon are complemented with arugula and melted Fontina cheese. Definitely worth repeating.

Grilled Bacon and Fontina Sandwich

8 slices sourdough bread

2 tablespoons butter, softened1 wedge Fontina Cheese

12-14 slices bacon, cooked and drained

1/4 cup baby arugula springs

4 slices red onions

2 tablespoons butter, softened

Preheat oven to 425°.

Spread one side of each slice of bread with softened butter.

Layer 4 slices of bread with Fontina Cheese, bacon slices, a few sprigs of arugula and onion.

Place the remaining 4 slices of bread on top of each stack and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake 4-5 minutes.

Flip each sandwich and oven grill about 3-4 minutes.

Slice in half and enjoy!

Makes 8 sandwiches.

 

 

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Bacon Spinach Rigatoni

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This week I have been enjoying watching Masterchef and  Food Fighters. I love that these shows are on weeknights since my other shows are on hiatus. If you have not seen the shows, they both give an opportunity for home cooks to compete. In Masterchef they compete against each other and in Food Fighters, they compete against experienced chefs. I love seeing all the great variations of recipes that they come up with.

Here is a little taste of this week’s episode of  Food Fighters:

I love to see the way  they prepare different foods like chicken, beef and bacon. Umm bacon. I love bacon.

Since it is still #Baconmonth, I am sharing a Bacon Spinach Rigatoni recipe. I made this with rigatoni, but you could substitute other pasta. It is perfect for weeknights because it comes together pretty quickly.

I apologize that this first photo of the spinach is blurry. I moved the phone too quickly while cooking and spinach cooks really fast, so I have to be careful not to overcook it. It can be tough to photograph while you are cooking.

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The result is a tasty pasta dish that is filling but still light at the same time, because there is not rich heavy sauce. I do not salt the pasta because there is plenty of salt offered in the bacon bits.

 

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Bacon Spinach Rigatoni

4 cups dry rigatoni pasta

4 cups fresh spinach

10 strips bacon, cooked and drained

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 cup pepper

2 tablespoons butter

 

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Chop cooked bacon into bits.

Wash spinach and cut off stems. Drain on paper towels.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add spinach and cook for about 1 minute.

Add pasta to skillet. Top with parmesan cheese, oregano, pepper and bacon.

Mix together until blended and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

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It’s time for Wonderful Wednesday again. There were so many great posts that linked up last week. Before we get on to this weeks features (determined by views), I want to share  my personal favorite. I also shared my other favorites throughout the week on the Organized Island Facebook page.
I love seeing all the tips, recipes and decor ideas. But one of my very favorites was this one from Fresh Start on A Budget.
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I love simple decor ideas and the round up has some nice ideas. I also liked all the Back to School posts. But this cute monkey cupcake tutorial was so simple and cute from Roxy’s Kitchen.
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Now on to the group features.
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #87  - These are features from last week’s party!


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