Shop back to school early

Shop for your back to school items early. Don’t be left to frantically sift through the picked-over rubble in the school supplies section of your local department store to find a pencil case of a particular style and color.

Shopping Cart safety for toddlers

Diaper padding only goes so far. Those hard shopping cart seats can be irritating to some toddlers. Consider making or buying a shopping cart cover to keep your toddler comfortable while shopping. This will have the added benefit of preventing your toddler from being exposed to the myriad of germs that can be found on the shopping cart.
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Stay away from hungry toddlers

Hungry moms cause problems in the grocery store but hungry toddlers are even worse. They are not content to quietly sit in the shopping cart when they are surrounded by so many things they want to eat. Make sure your toddler has a good meal before going to the grocery store. It may help to have a store of crackers in your diaper bag that you can feed to you toddler in the event that they decide that they are still hungry while you are shopping.From: Suite101.com

Managing the teacher supply list

The teacher’s supply list at the start of a new school year is daunting enough so don’t waste time and money on unlisted items.

Extra supplies, while they may be cute, will probably never get used and just leave your pockets empty.

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Back to School clothing tip

Rather than rushing out in August to buy school clothes, wait it out until mid-September.

In addition to finding more things on sale, your kids will also have an opportunity to see what everyone else is wearing before they buy those jeans they thought were trendy.

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Packing smartly for school

Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that’s hard to miss can stave off the inevitable.

Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.

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Off-season clearance

Shop for off-season, clearance items. When it is 97 degrees outside it is hard to think about shopping for long-sleeve shirts and coats.

However, it’s a great time to pick up clearance deals on these winter items as stores will practically give them away to make room for fall arrivals.

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The benefits of onesies

You can never have too many onesies.

They’re perfect as undershirts or outshirts. Choose good quality ones that will get softer every time they’re washed and baby will always be comfortable.

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Assessing back-to-school clothes needs

Take an afternoon and assess each child’s clothing needs.

Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing, and either store or donate the discards. Working with your child, clean and organize clothing storage before new garments are added–and cut down on school morning calls of "Mom! I don’t have any clean . . . . "

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Let kids help when shopping

Employ your charge.  Let your kids hold the bag while you pick the pears. 

Ask their opinion on creamy or chunky peanut butter.  Allow them to hold the toilet paper until you make more room in the cart.  The pre-school crowd loves to be needed–the more grownup the job the better.

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Keep an eye on your child to avoid tantrums

Maintain eye contact.  This is where shopping carts work best. 

By looking into your child’s face every now and then, you help them avoid the hysteria that is sure to ensue when they realize you really are temporarily more concerned with which cereal to buy than your little sunshine.  

Staying connected helps everyone feel better about an annoying errand.

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Mixing play time with shopping

Stick an ice chest in the car trunk so you can head to the grocery store first or last or spend an hour playing at the park and not worry about frozen food melting.

A toddler slows down everything, and an ice chest lets us not worry about rushing.

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Keeping the kids happy

Smile. Nothing sends your kids the signal to start wailing in a store like Mom or Dad in a bad mood. 

Fake it if you must, but know that a smiling face and an upbeat demeanor is sometimes all it takes to ensure smooth sailing.

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Holiday Spending Money for kids

Give your kids their own budget. Spending their own money on small, thoughtful gifts helps children to understand buying
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Shopping Tip

Play scavenger hunt when shopping. Kids loves stickers, so when she finds an item on the list she gets a sticker. She has fun, and you get your shopping done.
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Food shopping with kids

When food shopping get the children involved. It may take a little longer but you could get them involved in counting fruit and vegetables into bags.
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