|Character and sport backpacks at Marshalls for only 12.99.|
|Full size backpack on the Left compared to|
smaller 10-12 inch sized backpacks on the right.
|Princess backpack with lunch kit|
attatched to the front.
|Avengers, Disney Cars and Spiderman Sets.|
|Justin Beiber, More Disney Princess & |
Hello Kitty Sets at Marshalls.
After I chose the backpacks at Marshalls, I went poking around the kid section and I found stationary sets to coordinate with their backpacks. Each set only cost me $5.99 and came with two folders, 3 pencils, a three-hole pencil holder, a pencil sharpener, a 6" break proof ruler, an eraser, a small notebook and a large notebook and the princess one came with a calculator, too.
|Minnie Mouse, Princess, and Tinker Bell stationary sets at |
Marshalls and Pink Locker Set.
From there, I went to OfficeMax and got a 6 pack of glue sticks for my kindergartner and Crayola crayons. I have to say, that if you want to pinch pennies - DON'T do it on the crayons. Have you ever tried coloring with the poorly made crayons that hand out at restaurants? They are awful. I highly recommend Crayola. Anything else breaks easily and doesn't color smoothly. Check your local flier for crayons sales. Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Target usually win in sale prices for Crayola every year. Be careful with the "buy one get one free" sales. I went to buy Mead, college ruled, 1-subject notebooks at only .47 cents from Rite Aid. While I was there, I compared Rite Aids "but one get one free" sale to prices at other top name sellers and found that the only thing that was cheaper was the 6 packs of Elmer glue sticks. Everything else was significant over priced when compared to Wal-Mart and Target. This week, Target and Wal-Mart are tied at .50 cents for a 24 pack of Crayola crayons. Also, be careful when you shop to not grab the wrong product.
JanSport engineers quality, durable, and reliable products. So, if your pack ever breaks down, simply return it to our warranty center. We'll fix it or if we can't we'll replace it. We stand by our packs for a lifetime and since we've been making packs since 1967, that's a guarantee you can stand by.”
Not too shabby. My only concern would be how long it would take to ship it, wait for them to repair it and then wait for them to ship it back. However, it’s always nice to go with a company that stands-by their product so confidently.
Wal-Mart has a wide range of backpacks. Including a neat purple peace design by Wildkin, Eastsport mesh backpack approximately $9.00, plaid designs by Everest, Triple Pocket Funky Love Print $8.88, ful Heart Breaker $31.99, and ful Superstition $23.99
|Free lunch kit comparison (from Toysrus and from Marshalls)|
|Backpacks at Target.|
Target had a better selection for teen girls than most stores that I visited. Many stores seem to have many little girl backpacks but not that much for the older girls who have outgrown character backpacks.
|Girl backpacks at Old Navy|
Old Navy has a small selection but great prices on backpacks and lunch boxes. For girls they have polka dots, peace signs, and butterflies for only $7.00 per backpack and $4.00 per lunch box.
|Boy backpacks and lunch kits at Old Navy|
For boys, Old Navy has a sports theme, a camouflage design, skulls design and a skateboard designed backpack. Each is priced at $7.00 with matching lunch boxes for an additional $4.00.
Old Navy has a bunch of tin lunch boxes for sale, too. They have Kermit and Disney Cars on sale for only $4.99. The other lunch boxes are priced below $8.00. They had characters such as: Hello Kitty, Disney Princess, all the Marvel characters and much more. They are not selling them online but you can check with your local Old Navy to see what they are carrying.
Wherever you go shopping, I strongly recommend bringing a binder or folders to see if the backpack will be big enough to fit the supplies that are mandated by your school.
Office Max is going to be featuring backapcks for 50% off starting on the August 26th and the Disney store has marked down their character backpacks to $9.99.