It’s time to get ready to for Back to School and what I’m seeing this year is a lot of innovation and fun! But many also are money-saving and time-saving when it comes to helping your family get off to a good start this year.
Here are some items I featured WCCO on Saturday, August 11th at 10:30pm with reporter Liz Collins!
|Bixbee Kids Backpack School Bag Sparkalicious Glitter Butterflyer ($29.99, Jet.com)
(Free shipping with orders of $35 or more from jet.com)
The Sparkalicious Butterflyers dazzle and shine, letting kids spread their wings and fly!
· STYLISH: your little one will turn heads with this awesome glittery backpack.
· GREAT SIZE: not too big our too small, just the right size
· FEATURES: padded back panel, 2 side pockets perfect for a water bottle
|ZIPIT Grillz Carrying Case (Backpack) ($25.35,Jet.com)
· At school, around town or on the go, this Grillz Backpack is a stylish way for the kids to take along everything they need.
· The exterior pocket unzips to reveal some snazzy grillz. It features a padded back and adjustable shoulder straps for added cushioning and comfort.
· It’s big enough for books, binders, clothes, a tablet and other gadgets, snacks, water bottle and more.
|Built Big Apple Buddies Insulated Lunch Box/Sack Lafayette Ladybug ($14.99,Builtny.com )
· School lunches will never be left behind when they’re in a fun Big Apple Buddies bag, like this sweet Lafeyette Ladybug with soft, furry ears.
· This durable and reusable lunch sack has a soft handle with a buckle that unsnaps and attaches to backpack s, book bags or strollers.
· It’s lined with an easy wipe clean, insulating material for freshness, and is made with food-safe materials.
· Insulates food on the go for up to 4 hours
|ZIPIT Camo Monster Pencil Case ($7.99,Jet.com)
· You’re bound to smile each time you open up your bright-eyed, ZIPIT Monster Pencil Case. It’s got a big personality and is practical for storing a wide variety of items in style.
· PLAYFUL AND FUN Unisex design has bright eyes and white ‘teeth’, this monster pencil case will make you smile and forever change the way you look at school/office supplies.
|Mead Fashion Composition Book, Black($3.82, Jet.com)
· This Mead® fashion composition book is an upgrade to the composition books we had as kids.
· College ruled with 90 sheets to offer plenty of writing space and keep notes aligned. High quality white paper makes the composition book a great choice for in-class assignments, homework and more
· Comes in assorted colors: black, blue, red, green, purple, and yellow.
|Paper Mate InkJoy 0.7mm Medium Point Gel Pens, 12 count ($12.79, Jet.com)
· 12 Pens Assorted Ink Colors
· Quick-drying (less smears)
· Colorful gel ink brightens your writing
· Includes: Pink Pop, Red Rush, Orange Rise, Lime Light, Luscious Green, Teal Zeal, Bright Blue Bliss, Slate Blue Spin, Pure Blue Joy, Wild Berry and Jet Black gel pens
|Crayola Silly Scents Scented Mini Twistables Crayons ($4.88, Jet.com)
· Crayola Silly Scents Scented Mini Twistables Crayons (12) feature fun, sweet-smelling scentsthat add a new dimension to art projects.
· Unique twistable design lets you twist the barrel to advance the crayon, so there’s never any need to sharpen or peel off a label. Each crayon pack is adorned with delightful Silly Scents characters.
In the kitchen!
George Foreman Grills have been around for a long time and for good reason. They’re great! I’ve had one for years, but they keep getting better and better. This one is faster and doubles as a panini press!
I personally love the Chicago Metallic cookware – they save time and money because you can do MORE with your toaster oven and oven!
Every frugal kitchen should have a slow cooker. I showed off a Black & Decker Chalkboard slow cooker but check out the one below that you can control from your mobile phone!
|George Foreman 5-Serving Rapid Grill Series
$69.99 (check for current price – may be lower!), Target.com
· Electric Indoor Grill And Panini Press
· Make Healthy lunches for kids including grilled veggies, sandwiches, etc. with exclusive Fat-Removing Slope
· Heats up 30% faster to make lunches faster!
· Nonstick, dishwasher-safe
· Removable grill plates that go in the dishwasher
|d.stil Twist Thermal Hydration
· Vacuum insulated bottle keeps drinks hot for 6 hours and cold for 24 hours, perfect for kids to throw in their lunchboxes to stay hydrated.
· Portions of proceeds go to Water.org
|Chicago Metallic 4-Piece Toaster Oven Set
$18.99 – Amazon.com· Convenient solution to make small meals for lunches in the toaster oven or to reheat.· Non-stick for easy release.Includes cookie pan, non-stick rack, roasting/cake pan, and a muffin pan.
|Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Pan
$19.99, Amazon.com· Make multiple meals ahead of time for the week ahead (banana bread/Zuchini bread, lasagna, etc.)!· Three different compartments can be used for picky eaters or for those with dietary restrictions.· Non-stick- stick for easy release.
|BLACK+DECKER WiFi Enabled 6-Quart Slow Cooker, $49.99, Walmart
· This is amazing for batch cooking on Mondayfor the entire week. Make Lunch meals for the kids and store them in the fridge for easy lunch packing.
· Connects to your home WiFi network so you can use your mobile device to set time and temperature, and to start or stop cooking.
|Uniquely J Uniquely J Double Seal Snack Bags(100 Ct) – $3.99, Jet.com
· 120 premium snack bags with colorful prints
· Double zipper seal designed to preserve freshness and keep contents secure
· Bags are BPA-free
Boxes are 100% recyclable
|Slicester Apple Tool – ($9.99, Chef’n.com)
Apple Tool quickly cores and slices apples into 8 wedges
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