Going back to school doesn’t just mean putting on an outfit and walking out the door — there’s a lot that goes into it.
There’s shopping for school supplies and clothes, organizing your new schedule, finishing up summer reading, preparing lunches, planning after-school activities and much more.
Since the school year is already underway (or about to be!) across the country, we’re “GMA” lifestyle contributor Lori Bergamotto is helping you shop for all of the items you need and sharing hacks that will make your back-to-school transition a little smoother.
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Bergamotto suggests Wednesdays are the best days for inventory and sales.
“Mark your calendars for your favorite store markdowns,” Bergamotto added. For example, Old Navy will be offering up to 50% off select kids and baby items starting September 10.
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“There are lots of apps that help you to find the best deals, one of my favorites, and easiest (and free) is Google Shopping — it aggregates prices for you,” Bergamotto said.
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T– Take advantage of off-season deals
“Specifically in the off-season, take advantage of deals,” Bergamotto said. “Don’t be afraid to buy clothing that you know your kids will need later on and up in a few sizes.”
More products to shop for “hack-to-school”:
“If you want to get your kids excited for lunch, get them a bento box! The easy compartments keep food fresh, portion out food properly, and let’s face it, make lunch a little bit more fun,” Bergamotto said.
Bentgo Leak-Proof 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunch Box
Price: $19.98 • From: Walmart
No Kid Hungry All-in-One Bento Box
Price: $15 to $22.50 • From: PBK
Best bottle for elementary school students:
“Snacks and fruits are not the only lunchbox items that leak — it’s also those pesky water bottles! There’s nothing worse than opening up your kids backpack to find their homework completely soaked,” Bergamotto said.
Thermos Kids Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated bottle
Price: $13.48 • From: Walmart
Best bottle for middle and high school students:
RAMBLER 18 OZ WATER BOTTLE
Price: $30 • From: Yeti
Best on-the-go car organizer:
“Half the battle in the morning is just getting the kids in the car. With this car-seat snack organizer, once they are in, put them to work.”
Bergamotto suggests playing a song every morning to challenge your kids to complete their morning tasks.
Nest Mini (2nd Generation) with Google Assistant – Chalk
Price: $29.99 • From: Best Buy
Take the guesswork out of getting dressed by arranging a week’s worth of outfits in a hanging organizer, Bergamotto says.
Household Essentials 3312-1 Cotton Canvas Hanging Closet Sweater Organizer | 6-Shelf
Price: $32.52 • From: Amazon
Use a bathroom caddy and a printed checklist to help create a morning bathroom routine for your kids, Bergamotto says.