Back-to-school season can be stressful, especially when everyone is still soaking up the summer fun. If you’re trying to find something that will help you and the kids transition to the school year, here are four blogs by moms who are definitely rocking that arena. And beyond their back-to-school ideas, we think their fresh perspective will be a great resource for your family year-round.Four moms who own the back-to-school shopping season Click To Tweet
Fun, Cheap or Free
Jordan Leigh Francis Page offers a great twist on frugal parenting: Saving money does not mean missing out. One of her back-to-school ideas: have your kids shop for their own clothes. If they’re not quite ready for this, she offers pointers on how to help them make wise choices. And it makes sense; the point of raising kids is to prepare them for adulthood and independence. She has plenty of other fun content, too, like how to look great with drugstore makeup and strategies for yard sales that will show you how to land the deepest savings (haggling) without wasting your time driving around all day (shop in the morning).
Yellow Bliss Road
A graphic designer and mom who goes by Kristin B. has created and shared many beautifully designed printables to help you stay organized in the school year. Because she includes guest bloggers, she has built a valuable resource for any parent. Start by printing off the back-to-school checklist so you don’t end up going on a midnight scramble the day before school begins. Save on gifts for the teacher with cute, low-cost, homemade ideas that feature beautifully designed tags and a thoughtful note. Bonus: She’s also a cook, so you’ll find plenty of meal-planning posts and one-pot meals to help you get through dinner.
Queen of Free
If you want a plan of attack to save money in every corner of family life, look no farther than Cherie Lowe’s Queen of Free blog. Here you’ll find the requisite money-saving tips to help you stock up on supplies and clothing; she also takes a broad look at the entire household as everyone gets back to the school-day schedule. You’ll find tips on packing lunches, planning family dinners, and getting a tasty but frugal breakfast on the table. Look here for back-to-school advice that is practical, comprehensive and to the point. The focus on this blog is getting out of debt, so you’ll find plenty of inspiration and practical perspective to help you start your own journey.
Amy Johnson, mother of four, crafts, talks about motherhood and showcases some of her best thrift-store finds. “I love the serendipity of finding hidden gems,” she says. And then she makes some more crafts out of her thrift-store finds, such as this lovely garland made with colored denim. And if you’ve ever doubted what you might find at a thrift store to help you gear up for school, this will make you reconsider that notion. Along with plenty of clothing, you can also find backpacks, lunchboxes, and even some notebooks. Beyond that, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to bring resourcefulness and creativity to your life while preserving that spirit of thriftiness.
No one mothers in a vacuum, which is why we love reading about shared ideas and experiences that bloggers give us. Do you know of any other bloggers who make back-to-school easier and more fun? Share your favorites in the comments.