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Walmart’s Frugal Heroes Challenge – Back To School #WalmartFrugalHeroes

27th August 2013

I was invited to participate in the Walmart’s Frugal Heroes Challenge for back to school last week.

I was given a $100 gift card to spend on back to school necessities for the kiddies. The kids love shopping (nope) so they were thrilled to be dragged along for the fun.

Truth be told, I wanted to spend the entire $100 in the Sharpie section and I could have – easily. But I decided to be boring, I mean, sensible.

I knew I needed mostly things for the kids’ lunches because their school is a litterless lunch school, and I desperately needed new containers. However, we started in the shoe section because the princess needed new indoor shoes. There was a huge selection of kids’ shoes but we wanted and found Hello Kitty runners that fit for $20 – success!

After that, we headed to the housewares section, where we picked up a ton of various containers, ice packs, and 2 Thermos-brand lunch packs.

On the way to the registers, we noticed the $2 construction paper, and had to grab one.

Just to give you an idea of what everything cost – off the top of my head since receipts disappear here quicker than anything chocolate covered (prices are approximate):

Hello Kitty runners – $20

Lunch packs – $10 each ($20)

Starfrit collapsible lunch containers – $10 each ($20)

Thermos x 2 – $5 each ($10)

You get the picture – We came in just under $100 at $99 and some change.

Thanks so much Walmart!

Disclaimer – I was compensated to participate in the challenge for this post but my words, as always, are my own.

Back To School Shopping With Sears #SearsBTS

27th August 2013

It’s that time of year again – back to school shopping is here, and if you’re more organized than I am, you may already be done.

How is the summer already over? I’m in denial big time.

I was invited to do a little back to school shopping at Sears Canada this year, so I dragged my little people with me to see what Sears had to offer this year.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to my local Sears store actually, so I was surprised to see how big the children’s wear department was. You could pretty much find everything you’re looking for in one location – from pjs, to outerwear, athletic wear to accessories.

I had $100 to spend on both kids and with no list or idea of what I was looking for, I just walked around until something caught my eye. There were sales and promotions posted on almost every rack so the prices were fantastic. But I knew as soon as I saw the Converse clothing displays (for boys and girls), I knew that’s what I wanted to get for the kids. They love hoodies and wear them all fall/winter long and the Converse one were really nice. They’re really well made, nice stitching, nice thick cotton and not covered in decals and things I’m not a fan of. PERFECT!

The Converse line was on promotion – you could buy one item for $19.97 or two for $34.97. I decided to go with two hoodies for each of the kids, which left a little under $30 (after tax) to spend. I let the kids pick something for themselves and no surprise, they headed to the graphic tees displays. The graphic tees were also on promo – $12.97 each or $19.97 for two so it worked out perfectly. We headed to the cash to pay for our purchase and still had a little left over to pick up a cute pacifier clip for our newest little nephew.

Shopping at the store was a great experience – lots of room to move around (great if you’re pushing a stroller), nearby fitting rooms, great prices and short line ups at the register. Another great thing about shopping with Sears that I didn’t even know about until now is their Kidvantage Lifetime Wear out Warranty:

The Lifetime Wear Out Warranty covers children’s apparel and footwear as long as a child in the family continues to wear the size. If the item wears out, Sears will, at its option, either repair it or replace it with the identical item in the same size, or if it’s unavailable, a similar item of equal value in the same size. It covers children’s apparel sizes from infants up to 18, and footwear up to senior kids’ size 6 . Proof of purchase required. 

So definitely keep those receipts!!

Sears also have a Price Match Guarantee – Sears will not be undersold on any children’s apparel, footwear or nursery furniture and juvenile products. We will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items within 30 days of purchase, or 90 days on purchases made with your Sears FinancialTM Credit Card. Who knew.

Thinking about heading to Sears to shop too? Right now, there is a great contest on Sears Canada’s Facebook page where you can enter to win a Sears gift card daily! They’re giving away 35 $50 gift cards daily and 5 $500 gift cards weekly, until the end of the contest on September 5th, 2013. So make sure to enter!!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Back To School Shopping – Great Deals

24th August 2012

I just finished the back to school shopping for the kids a couple of days ago (school starts September 4th here), and I was able to take advantage of some great deals. My kids have this funny way of outgrowing everything this time of year, so short of socks and underwear, we needed a lot. (Insert husband sobbing here)

I tend to buy most of the kids clothes at The Gap, however I decided to venture out to check out what else I could find, when I missed their Friends and Family sale. Being in a smaller city, there really aren’t that many great options here, and I don’t like clothes that are not age appropriate and look like they should be on Toddlers and Tiaras, so that reduces the pickings even more. I actually found some great pieces and some great deals too.

Bonnie Togs

I like this store because they have cute Carters clothes and stretchy pants – in case you don’t know, stretchy pants are a beautiful thing to a five year old who can’t be bothered with buttons and zippers when trying to pull up her pants. They also have ridiculously good prices.

These Carters tops are SO cute – each were $8 and the socks were on sale for $3.99 for three pairs. Adorable and age appropriate – win. I also picked up some cute cardis for the five year old and some fun glitter light up shoes for her indoor shoes. I used to pick up things for the boy here too, but he’s eight now and Bonnie Togs is just “not cool”. Alrighty Boss.

The Children’s Place

I hadn’t been in this store in ages but I hit it up since I was at the mall with the kids. They have the Place Cash promotion going on (I got $25) and when I signed up for their email, I got an additional 30% off – double win!

I got this adorable dress, perfect for church or a special event for $14.00 (regularly $29.95) and it is really sweet on.

How about some cute winter hats (yes I know it’s August, and I HATE buying winter crap this early, but it’s an owl hat people – we need to make exceptions). Regularly $14.95 and $10.95, I got them for $10.46 & $7.66. So I ended up spending about $60 and got one dress, two winter hats, an owl purse (ahem), and two sweaters for the older dude. That’s just crazy talk.


Old Navy is one of those stores where I run in for one thing, and leave with a bag of stuff, so I guess whatever they’re doing is working. I like this store for the kids because the clothes are affordable, and they are great at destroying their clothes at school, so it’s less painful for me when I need to toss it.

Here I picked up $20 jeans for the 5yo, and several long sleeve cotton tops for both kids (from $8 – $14), and these because they were too cute to pass up:

So cute! Originally $20 – got them for $8.40.

And because Old Navy is smart and has that huge aisle of stuff right by the cash that parents try to get their kids not to notice, I also ended up buying these:

Originally $7.50 each, I got both for $9.55 – it was only right to take Snoopy home, especially when the eight year old said, “Snoopy is so cool.” Take that Spongebob.

Roots 73

I really like this store for my son – great Roots items that we both like. They have a promo going on right now where if you spend $100, you get $30 off which works for me.

I picked up three t-shirts, two hoodies and a cute zip up sweatshirt for $75, and the eight  year old walked out of there like he had just won the lottery. Seriously.

The Gap

I spend a lot of time (and cash) in this store – they know me (and my sister and mom) by name. However, I like a sale and a great deal just as much as anyone else. Thankfully, The Gap is great at having sales all the time now so it’s easy to avoid spending full price. I won’t tell you what I spent here because it’s embarassing and my husband reads this blog and well, marriage works better when there is a sense of retail mystery.

True story.

They had all their jeans, uniforms and backpacks on for 30% off so I picked up jeans, polos and a tie for the boy. I also picked up a new backpack for him for $18 (from $30).

These were on for $11.97 from $19.95 and really nice cotton. I also picked up some $8.99 short sleeve shirts for him and great yoga pants (STRETCHY PANTS!) for the five year old for $14.

The only thing I have left to purchase are rain boots for the 8 year old and wine for mommy.

Wine. It’s whats for dinner.

Especially after a day of spending all your pennies on your lovely children. Remember those days when you had money to spend in your wallet all the time?

Yeah, neither do I.


Are you done your back to school shopping yet? Any great deals??

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