Back To SchoolI can’t believe I am already in the throes of back to school shopping. Where the heck did the summer go?

Oh yeah. I’m a full-time working mom now. Summer never actually began for me. (Forgive me if I sound somewhat dazed.)

I’m back-to-school shopping this week.  Not because I am a focused-on-being-prepared-bargain-shopping-mom.  Oh, hell no.  I’m actually a fly-by-the-last-minute-seat-of-my-pants kind of mom.

I am shopping this week in particular because our family is going on vacation the very last week before school starts this year.  We never do that. Usually I avoid it because I am a big believer in getting the kids into a routine WELL BEFORE the beginning of the school year…. BUT…. we are going to Disney World this year!  And Disney had a terrific bargain package that week so we are being super spontaneous and heading out to Florida.  But more on that in a later post.

ANYWAY… I just totally splurged on the kid’s backpacks because I am tired of buying four book bags a year. Last year both boys book bags fell apart mid-school year.  So I went back to L.L. Bean.  Yes, I spent a bloody fortune.  But the last backpacks we bought from LL Bean lasted four years.  Not even kidding.  So I consider it money well spent.  Sometimes It Is Worth The Extra Money

Sometimes you SAVE money by SPENDING money.  I’m learning that.

But wow, I’ve already spent $75 and I haven’t bought one highlighter or pink eraser yet.  Ouch!  Something tells me this isn’t going to be pretty.

BTW – My pal at Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom has some good info about CVS bargains for back to school.  Check it out here.