Hate back to school shopping? Then make it multitask, shopping for holidays, too. Shop back to school sales for Halloween, Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, birthday presents and other holiday gift-giving. Save gobs of money and time. Get cool candy alternative Halloween treats at back to school sales. Stock up on stocking stuffers for Christmas. Who says you have to give candy at Halloween? Buy cheap pencils, stickers, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners and give them! Or give healthier back-to-school snacks: fruit snacks, granola bars, crackers and popcorn. School supplies make awesome, inexpensive stocking stuffers. Fill kids’ stockings with markers, scissors, calculator and other useful stuff.
Back to school sales are a good place to find cheap gifts for holiday toy donations. Do you participate with Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts? Think BTS for box fillers. This group collects christmas shoeboxes filled with with gifts for needy kids around the world. To participate, fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, articles of clothing, personal care products, candy, books.
Shop back to school sales for pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, markers, crayons, scissors, pens, activity booklets, coloring books and craft sets. We’ve been doing this since it started in 1993. We fill our boxes with small backpacks, cuddle toys, hair accessories, toy cars, small brush and comb, wash cloth, energy bars, powdered vitamin drink, prayer cards, jewelry, sunglasses, socks and T-shirt. Shopping sales, especially back-to-school, I was able to get all these items for about $12-$15 per box. 2015 shoe boxes are due Nov. 16-23 and drop-off locations are listed on the website. Here’s a 2015 guide to the seven best places to save big on back to school shopping.