Great Deal on 3-Ream Case of Office Depot Paper

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You can get a 3 ream case of Office Depot Paper for only $2 after rewards.  You will pay $12 and then get $10 back (limit 2 per member).

That makes each ream only 67¢ !!!

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Walgreens Back to School Deals

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Wexford Mini Composition or Memo Books 50 or 80 sheets or 2 Pocket Paper Folder 6/$1 w/ ad coupon
Final Price: 16¢ each

Wexford Mini Highlighter, Pink Erasers 2 pack or Pencil Top Erasers 15 pack 4/$1 w/ ad coupon
Final Price: 25¢ each

Wexford Plastic Protractor or Index Cards 3×5 in. 100 pack 29¢ w/ ad coupon

Elmer’s School Glue 4 oz or Sticks 2 pack 99¢ w/ ad coupon

Supplies Box, Single Sharpie Fine Marker, Wexford Composition Book 80 sheets, Poly Binder 1 in. or Sheet Protectors 10 pack 69¢

Playwright Markers 10 pack, Wexford Highlighters 5 pack or No. 2 Pencils 20 pack 99¢

Wexford Index Dividers with Pocket 5 pack or Dry Erase Markers 4 pack 99¢

Wexford 5-Subject Notebook 180 sheets or 3-Subject Notebook 120 sheets 99¢

Fiskars Pointed Scissors 5 in. or Pencil Sharpener 99¢

Wexford Filler Paper 280 sheets or Mechanical Pencils 30 pack $1.99

Wexford 1 to 3 in. Binders (select varieties) BOGO

Crayola Art Supplies (select varieties) BOGO

Backpack $2.99 (reg $5)

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Staples Deals for 7/19 – 7/25

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Under $1 Deals:

  • 2-pocket paper folder 15¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples Pink Wedge Erasers, 3/pk 25¢
    Limit 5 per customer
  • Staples notebook, poly cover 50¢
    Limit 5 per customer
  • Staples 1-subject notebook 25¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Westcott 12″ Wood Ruler, Beveled Edge 35¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100 pk 48¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Crayola Crayons, 24 pk 50¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples composition book, 100 sheets 50¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples School Glue, 4 oz., with Stick: 50¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Paper Mate InkJoy ballpoint, 8/pk: $1
    Coupon: 50¢/1 Paper Mate pens 2 ct+ in August Rachel Ray Magazine
    Final Price: 50¢
  • Staples Yellow Pencils, #2, Dozen 68¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples filler paper, 120 sheets 75¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 ct 97¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Crayola markers 97¢
    Limit 30 per customer in store

Other School Supply Deals:

  • Staples mini stapler: $1
  • Westcott 13130 Blunt Tip 5″ Kid’s Scissors $1
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 5-pk $1
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • BIC Round Stic Ball Point Pen, 10/pk $1
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples pencil box: $1
  • Staples fat book, 5.5″ x 4.25″: $1
  • Staples composition book, graph ruled : $1
  • Staples hand sanitizer, 8 oz.: $1.69
    Limit 30 per customer in store
  • Staples Accel 1-subject notebooks , solid colors : $2
  • Mead Five Star Notebook, 1-Subject, College Ruled, 8 1/2″ x 11″: $3
    Coupon: $1/2 Five Star Products
    Final Price: $2.50
  • Crayola Twistables Mini Crayons, 24/pk: $3
  • Crayola Crayons, 64/ct: $3
  • Five Star 3-Subject Notebook, College Ruled: $5
    Coupon: $1/2 Five Star Products
    Final Price: $4.50
  • Staedtler Math Tool Set, 4 pc Set $5
    Includes: 6″ protractor with sliding pointer and 12″ shatter-resistant fold-up ruler. Set has easy-grip plastic compass as well as pencil and battery operated calculator with 8-digit LCD screen
  • Zebra Z-Grip ballpoint pens, 24 ct: $5
  • Five Star 5-Subject Notebook, College Ruled: $6
    Coupon: $1/2 Five Star Products
    Final Price: $5.50
  • Staples 1″ Better Binder: $6 each wyb 3
  • Lexar JumpDrive LJDS50-16GABNL 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $6.99
  • Elmer’s Clear Glue Stick Class Pack, .24oz, 30 pk: $10
  •  Lexar JumpDrive LJDS50-16GABNL 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $6.99
  • Staples One-Touch stapler : $5
  • Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, 8 pk: $5
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack (4 pk 35 ct each): $5.99
  • Brother PT-H100 Easy Handheld Label Maker : $9.99
  • Kleenex Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 4 Boxes: $3.99
    Limit 30 per customer in store
    35¢/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue; Includes (3) Single Boxes, 50 ct + or (1) Bundle Pack
    50¢/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack 
    75¢/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Must Share For This Value; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack 
    50¢/3 Kleenex Tissues, (1) Bundle Pack or (3) Boxes in 7/12 SS
    Final Price: $3.24

Rewards/Rebates:

Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 500/Ream: $7.79 (valid Jul 19 – Jul 21)
– $2.80 instant savings
– $4.98 easy rebate
Final Price: 1¢

McAfee Internet Security 2015 for Windows: $49.99
– $40 easy rebate
Final Price: $9.99

Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS 2-line 10-digit scientific calculator: $14.99
– $4 easy rebate
Final Price: $10.99

Omnitech 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder: $109.99
– 80 instant savings – $10 easy rebate
Final Price: $19.99

In Ad Coupon:

25% off/$25 or more on your purchase of regular-priced cleaning and breakroom products

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Office Depot / OfficeMax Deals for 7/19 – 7/25

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Office Depot / OfficeMax Deals
STARTING 7/19….

Penny Deals:

  • Office Depot Brand Index Cards, 3″ x 5″ 1¢
    With $5  minimum purchase. Limit 3 per household
  • Office Depot Brand Ballpoint Stick Pens, 10 pk 1¢
    With $5  minimum purchase. Limit 3 per household
  • Scholastic & OfficeMax Brand Pourable Glue, 4 oz 1¢
    With $5  minimum purchase. Limit 3 per household

Other Deals:

  • Office Depot Brand Portfolios, 10 pk $1
  • Lexar JumpDrive TwistTurn USB Flash Drive, 8GB: $3.99
  • SwissGear Student Backpack: $10
    While supplies last. No rainchecks.
  • Pencil Pouch: $1
  • Office Depot Brand Composition Book: $1
    Limit 3 per household
  • Office Depot Brand Stellar 1-Subject Notebook: $2
  • Office Depot Brand Reinforced Filler Paper: $2
  • ALL Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils: 25% off ($2.47 – $10.12)
  • Office Depot Brand Stellar Notebook with Covered Spine, 1-Subject: $4
  • Crayola Washable Products: B2G1
  • X-Acto Mighty Mite Battery Sharpener: $10
  • All School Backpacks: 30% off
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator: $12.99
  • Free PC tune Up
  • Office Depot Brand 8″ Straight Handle Scissors:$2
  • Office Depot Brand Paper Clips, 100-ct: $2
  • Office Depot Brand Multipurpose Reams: $7.29
    $1.29 Instant & $4 Mail-In Savings
    Final Price: $2
  • Master Lock Combination Padlock:$3
  • GBC 9″ Laminator: $15
  • Brother P-Touch Compact Label Maker: $25

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Back to School Deals for 7/5 – 7/11

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Here are the Back to School deals for 7/5 – 7/11….

Office Depot Deals

While supplies last. No rainchecks. Limit 3 per household. With $5 minimum purchase

  • Tug 2-Hole Manual Pencil Sharpener: 1¢
  • Pencil Pouch: 1¢
  • Office Depot Brand Beveled Erasers, 3-PK: 1¢

While supplies last. No rainchecks. Limit 3 per household for items below

  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Plastic 12″ Ruler: 25¢
  • Scholastic & OfficeMax Brand Pourable Glue, 4 oz.: 25¢
  • Scholastic Art Broad Tip Markers, 10-PK: 25¢
  • Mini Stapler: $1
  • Sharpie Fine-Point Permanent Markers, 5-PK: $1
  • Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencils, 2-PK: $1

Other School Supply Deals

  • Ticonderoga Pencils, 24-PK: $3
  • Office Depot Brand stellar notebooks, 1-Subject: $2

Office Supplies

  • Free PC Tune Up
  • Highmark & Office Depot Brand Facial Tissue, 3-PK: $3
  • Highmark Select-A-Size Paper Towels 3 pk: $3 (Limit 3)
  • ALL Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand 10-Ream Cases & Ream Paper: B2G1
  • Memorex DVD+/-R, 100-PK: $24.99

Staples Deals

** Buy a backpack Get 25% off school supplies (Excludes Graphing & Scientific Calculators, Backpacks, Technology, Case & Ream Paper, Food, Cleaning & Breakroom Supplies, Printers, Shredders, Furniture and Daily Deals)

School Supplies (Limit 30 per customer, unless otherwise marked)

  • Paper Folder , 2-pocket $0.15
  • Staples 1-subject notebook, 70 sheets : $0.25
  • Westcott 12″ Wood Ruler, Beveled Edge : $0.35
  • Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100/Pk: $0.48
  • Crayola Crayons, 24/Box : $0.50
  • Staples School Glue, 4 oz., with Stick: $0.50
  • Staples composition book, 100 sheets : $0.50
  • Staples Yellow Pencils, #2, Dozen: $0.68
  • Staples filler paper, 8″x 10½”, 120 sheets: $0.75
  • Pentel Hi-Polymer Latex Free Eraser, 3/Pk : $0.75 – Limit 5 per customer
  • Crayola markers and colored pencils: $0.97
  • Westcott 13130 Blunt Tip 5″ Kid’s Scissors: $1
  • BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 5/Pk: $1
  • BIC Round Stic Ball Point Pen, 10/pk: $1
  • BIC Wite-Out Brand Quick Dry Correction Fluid, White, 2/Pk : $1
  • Staples hand sanitizer, 8 oz.: $1.69 – Limit 5 per customer
  • Crayola Washable Watercolors, 8-Color Set:$ .99 – No Limit
  • Crayola Washble Crayons, 24/pk:$ 2 – No Limit
  • Ticonderoga #2 yellow pencils pre-sharpened, 18 pk: $2 No Limit
  • Ticonderoga #2 yellow pencils 24 pk: $2 No Limit
  • Staples fashion notebooks and composition books: $2 No Limit
  • Sharpie permanent markers, 5/pk : $2 No Limit
  • Sharpie Accent tank highlighters, 5/pk : $2 No Limit
  • Staples Accel 1-subject notebook: $2 No Limit
  • Staples filler paper, 8″ x 10.5″, graph ruled, 80 sheets : $2 No Limit
  • Staples reinforced edge filler paper, 100 sheets : $2 No Limit
  • Crayola Twistables Mini Crayons, 24/pk:$3 No Limit
  • Fashion notebooks and composition books: $3 No Limit
  • Expo dry-erase markers, chisel tip, 4/pk: $3 No Limit
  • Staples Spine Guard 1-subject notebook, 11″ x 8.5″, 100 sheets : $3 No Limit
  • Crayola Washable Super Tips with Silly Scents, 20 pk: $4 No Limit
  • Crayola erasable colored pencils, 24 pk : $5 No Limit
  • Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils: $5 No Limit
  • Case-it zipper binders: 20% – 25% off

Office Supplies

Staples® 8.5″ x 11″ Multipurpose Paper, ream -1¢ after easy rebate with coupon

Kleenex Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 4 Boxes: $3.99
35¢/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue; Includes (3) Single Boxes, 50 ct or Larger or (1) Bundle Pack; DND
50¢/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack
75¢/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Must Share For This Value; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack
Final Price: $3.24

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack (4 pk 35 ct each): $5.99

Novelty USB drives: Staring at $6 99

Lexar JumpDrive 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $7.99

Rewards/Rebates

Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 500/Ream: $7.79
Submit $4.79 easy rebate
Final Price: $3
**Limit 4 rebates per household

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows (1 User): $39.99
– $8 instant savings
– $22 easy rebate
Final Price: $9.99

In-Ad Coupons

  • Arc notebooks: 25% off

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Amazon Lightning Deals for November 4

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A huge thank you goes to BudgetBandit for making up the Amazon Lightning Deals each day. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can begin purchasing items 30 minutes before the official start of select deals.amazon 1

Gund Snuffles Panda 10″, Starts at 9:00 AM CST/7:00 AM PST/10:00 AM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Gund Buddy-Boo’s Best Friend Plush, Starts at 9:00 AM CST/7:00 AM PST/10:00 AM EST

Peter Rabbit Plush, Starts for you at 10:00 AM CST/8:00 AM PST/11:00 AM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Curious George Teach, Starts for you at Starts at 11:00 AM CST/9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

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Melissa & Doug Elephant Plush, Starts at 12:00 PM CST/10:00 AM PST/1:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Brown Teddy Bear, Starts at 1:00 PM CST/11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST

Gund Soft and Shaggy Big Bird Doll, Starts at 2:00 PM CST/12:00 PM PST/3:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Gund Playset My First Tackle Box 7.5″ Toy, Starts at 3:00 PM CST/1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST

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Gund Elmo Large – 20″, Starts at 4:00 PM CST/2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Gund Philbin 18″ Bear, Beige, Starts at 5:00 PM CST/3:00 PM PST/6:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Gund Sesame Street Plush Doll, Starts at 5:00 PM CST/3:00 PM PST/6:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

Gund Monkey “Mambo”, Starts at 7:00 PM CST/5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST (Prime Early Access Deal starting 30 minutes prior)

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Perfect Gifts for New College Students

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Looking for some great gift ideas for the new grad?  The following products can help college students make a smooth, easy transition to dorm room living….

For All-Nighters & Early Mornings

·         The Mr. Coffee® Coffeemaker + Hot Shot Station will put students on the fast track to hot food and beverage prep. This multi-tasking coffeemaker and hot water station provides the ultimate in convenience and versatility, featuring two separate water reservoirs for brewing a pot of fresh coffee while dispensing hot water for other beverages, like hot chocolate and tea, and instant foods like mac and cheese, oatmeal and more. (MSRP: $89.99)mr-coffee

For Responsible Celebrations

·         The Draftmark® Home Tap System delivers the ultimate draught beer on demand experience for age 21+ college students!  Ask any brew master… draught beer is the way beer was brewed to be enjoyed — protected from light, heat and oxygen for a fresh, clean, flavorful taste. This first-of-its-kind system fits inside standard to smaller refrigerators and comes with a rechargeable battery.  A wide variety of beer barrels are sold separately to suit a variety of tastes. (MSRP: $49.99 / Beer Barrels – MSRP: $13.99 – $15.99)

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Drink Your Daily Fruits & Veggies

·         The Oster® Juice & Blend 2 Go™ Juice Extractor and Personal Blender boasts 400 watts of high-performance power to extract all the nutrients from fruits and vegetables with a compact design for countertop space-saving. College students can prepare healthy juices or blended smoothies right into the 20-ounce, BPA free personal blending jar to enjoy on the go. Boost the juice and add high protein Greek yogurt, protein powders or natural boosters for a complete snack or meal replacement.  Plus, there are 12 delicious recipes and a Mix ‘n Match Recipe chart! All parts are removable and dishwasher safe (motor base excluded). (MSRP: $49.99)

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Breathe Cleaner Dorm Air

·         The Holmes® True HEPA Smart Air Purifier WeMo Enabled delivers superior air quality, eliminating allergens associated with living in a group environment. This True HEPA air purifier provides a home environment optimized to meet clean air needs without the nuisance of having to monitor and manage it all.  Programmable options maintain desired air quality while students are in class, or back home studying or sleeping.  This wirelessly connected device also notifies students when air quality is poor so that the unit can be turned on and also notifies them when it is time to change the filter. Air quality sensor automatically adjusts speeds when indoor air quality is poor. (MSRP:  $199.99)
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For Easy, Healthy & Affordable Meal Prep

·         The spirited Collegiate Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker is available in more than 20 collegiate team designs in a made-for-students 2.5-quart size! This manual slow cooker comes with a recipe booklet, and features Low and High heat settings, plus a convenient Warm setting.  The removable dishwasher-safe stoneware and lid makes clean up a snap. Gently wipe down the exterior of your unit with a damp cloth to keep it looking great for many college football seasons to come. (MSRP: 29.99)

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Great School Lunch Snacks to Pack for Kids #BacktoSchool

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Looking for some unique items to pack in your kids lunch boxes?  I have come up with some great products that you may not have thought of….

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Wheat Thins Popped

WHEAT THINS unveiled the brand’s first-ever popped chip, WHEAT THINS Popped.  It is made with whole grain and is available in three varieties – Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion and Spicy Cheddar. 

Boasting 10 delicious grams of whole grain per 30 gram serving, WHEAT THINS Popped is an ideal option for those interested in mindful snacking with 120-130 calories per 26 chip (30g) serving, depending on the variety.  WHEAT THINS Popped is currently rolling out nationwide, at a suggested retail price of $3.69 per package.  For additional information follow @WheatThins on Twitter using #PoppedWheatThins and on Facebook at Facebook.com/WheatThins.

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Quest Protein Chips

Quest Protein Chips are the world’s first high-protein snack chip.  A revolutionary high-protein, low-carb, gluten free chip, one that’s actually good for you! Quest Protein Chips come in three varieties – Sea Salt, Barbeque, and Sour Cream & Cheddar – in a personal-sized, 1-1/8 oz. (32 gram) bag, with other flavors and sizes to come. Quest Protein Chips are available at QuestNutrition.com and will be launching at retail store later this summer.

Tell them how you #CrunchClean and join the conversation with Quest Nutrition @QuestNutrition

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Pretzel Crisps

Pretzel Crisps are the perfect snack to pack into your kids lunchboxes and they come in so many wonderful flavors such as Original, Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, Buffalo Wing, Jalapeno Jack, Everything and Chipotle Cheddar.  This is by far my kids favorite thing for me to send them to school with.  Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps are available in the deli section of retailers nationwide. 

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SunRidge Farms

SunRidge Farms has a variety of organic and natural snack foods that are great for lunches or after school snacks.  There are a variety of kid-friendly snacks and trail mixes, dried fruits, nuts & seeds. A few of my favorites are the Organic Banana Chips and Organic Hit the Trail Mix with roasted tamari almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, raisins, peanuts and pumpkin seeds. Sunny Bears are also great for kids – an organic version of kid-favorite gummy bears.

Follow SunRidge Farms on Facebook to keep up with all the latest products and promotions.

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Kind Snacks

Packing healthy options is the best way to help your kids avoid all the unhealthy choices lurking around their school. Between vending machines, bake sales, candy fund raisers and the snacks in the lunch line, who knows what they’re eating throughout the day! If they keep some healthy snacks in their locker or school bag like those from Kind Snacks, they’re less likely to fall prey to all these temptations, and they’ll be getting the brain food they really need.

Follow Kind Snacks on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the latest products and promotions.

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Fruit Vines Bites

What lunchbox would be complete without a little sweet snack. Fruit Vines Bites are the perfect size to pack to satisfy your child’s sweet cravings while also being low-fat and preservative-free. They comes in strawberry and cherry fruit flavors and come in 2 oz, 5 oz and 10 oz sizes and can be found at national retailers such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger and more.

Follow RedVines on Twitter and “Like” RedVines on Facebook to keep up with all the latest products and promotions

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Hostess Snack Cakes

You will definitely put a smile on your kids face if you pack Hostess snack cakes into their lunch box.  With choices like Twinkies, Chocolate Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Suzy Qs, Sno Balls, Zingers, Mini Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls, Coffee Cakes, Fruit Pies, Honey Buns, Cupcakes, and Donettes, you can surprise them each day with different wonderfully delicious desserts.

Make sure you Like Hostess on Facebook to keep up with all the latest products.

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Jack’s Frozen Pizzas

And as we all know, kids come home super hungry after school so I recommend throwing in a Jack’s Pizza into the oven for a yummy afternoon snack !!!  Make sure you “Like” JacksFrozenPizza on Facebook to keep up with all the latest products and promotions.

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Back to School Survival Tips from Jenny on the Spot

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Back to school is exhausting for kids (and moms and dads) so smart snacking is important. My sure you pack a supply of nutritious snacks like Balance Bare Bars into your kids backpack for going between classes or after school practices.

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Below are some tips for surviving the Back to School season from Mom blogger Jenny Ingram from Jenny on the Spot, which you can share with your readers, along with the Balance Bar Back to School logo.

  • Keep Smart Snacks within Reach.  Back to school isn’t only exhausting for kids. Moms and dads get worn down too so smart snacking is important. Pack a supply of nutritious snacks to have in your purse for when you’re running errands or going from school to practice. ItzyRitzy’s reusable snack bags are perfect for keeping your on-the-go snacks organized and always handy. Fill them with grapes, almonds, carrot sticks and Balance bare bars for a healthy snack sure to satisfy both busy moms and kids until dinner!
  • The (digital) calendar is key.  To make sure no one misses an activity, homework deadline or playdate, color code each kid in your calendar so you know exactly who is doing what and where and when. I love the Cozi app – it’s free and great for organizing your upcoming activities and goes everywhere you do since it’s on your phone.
  • Pack bags within your bag.  If you’re like me, you have a huge bag. It’s great for storing lots of things, but it can be a wasteland and hard to find anything if you’re not organized. I keep a mini bag that holds my chapstick, hand sanitizer and other items I regularly reach for in a brightly colored small bag that stands out. An Itzy Ritzy snack bag can even double as an organizational bag that’s stylish too!
  • Miniature First Aid Kits. It’s helpful to have some first-aid basics in your bag for everyday incidents that are bound to happen. My homemade first aid kit includes Band-aids, Neosporin, Kleenex and wipes. Trust me on the wipes – they’re much more effective than napkins at cleaning up whatever messes my kids have.
  • Be prepared for homework. With after-school activities, keep homework supplies in your car and bag so your children can do their work while you’re waiting for soccer practice. Keep rulers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, calculators and a clip board in the car to make sure you’re prepped for any homework assignments.
  • Label everything. With 3 kids, and all the supplies and gear that come with them, I’ve learned to love labels. Before schools starts, I put Mabels Labels on their lunchboxes, backpacks, jackets, shoes, sporting equipment and anything else I can get my hands on. You’ll never have to hear “she’s wearing my sneakers” again and also helps avoid lost items in the school coat closet.
  • Pack healthy school lunches efficiently. Trying to accommodate everyone’s lunch needs is hard.Make their sandwiches and then let them choose 3 snacks for themselves.In your pantry, have mom-approved snacks (like Mixed Berry Balance bar bars) in three drawers and every kid is allowed to choose 1 item from each drawer to add to their lunch.
  • Transitioning summer bedtimes. Yes, I’m probably guilty of letting the kids stay up a little too late during the summer. But that’s what summers are for! However, those late nights are not going to work once school starts, so I like to gradually transition their sleep schedules. 4-5 days before school starts, I’ll move their bedtimes up 10-30 minutes. It’s a slow process but really helps to ensure they’re rested and ready for the first day.
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