Natalie and I headed to Target this week to take care of a HUGE shopping to-do. Back to School shopping! I really like to get things marked off my list and this one was worrying me because we have a few vacations lined up towards the end of the summer. I just KNEW that time was going to fly by over the next few weeks. Why not get a jump start on it all while I’m in the right state of mind?
Lucky for me, Target is all ready for us moms to head on in and get SHOPPING. Their Back to School section is packed with everything a child needs to get ready for the new school year. I’m talking everything. We even picked up a few fun “nice to have” items that will surely put a smile on my kids’ faces during class.
First things first… the school bag! Lots of options including character driven backpacks with Disney, Marvel and Nickelodeon favorites. I’m talking Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney Princesses and more. Or if you are into Peace Signs and Tie Die… well, they have that too.
Target also had a full line of adorable lunch boxes in the “Back to School” section. BUT I also want to note that there are many more options if you want something without characters in another aisle. Ask a sales associate to guide you.
We recently bought a Plants Vs. Zombies game for the XBox 360 and have been playing it on a nightly basis. When Natalie found folders that had the characters of the game on them, she just about hit the floor. We bought every single one they had!! We are obsessed!! Anything you want – like erasers, pencils, highlighters, glue, and jump drives – Target has RIGHT NOW on the floor. With a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, I knew that I needed to pay attention to this area.
We always make sure to give our children water bottles for snack and lunch. This year, I bought them ones that you can freeze ahead of time. LOVE THAT.
Hot Back-to-School Products & Trends
Wanted to give you a little heads up! The top Back to School trends this year include:
- Attachable matching accessories to backpacks and lunch boxes
- Colorful supplies, including notebooks and book covers
- Stylish locker accessories like disco balls and metallic mirrors
- Chevron, plaid, camouflage and peace sign patterns
Must-have products include:
- Houndstooth, Peace, Camo and Dinosaur Backpacks, $14.99 each
- Frog and Panda Lunch Boxes, $13.99 each
- Monster, Robot, Owl and Fox Water Bottles, $11.99 – $12.99 each
- up&up School Supplies, $0.31 – $7.29
- Yoobi School Supplies, $0.99 – $9.99
- Slap Bracelet Rulers, $1.99 each
- Magnetic Locker Chandelier, $9.99
- Shag Locker Rug, $5.99
- Texas Instruments 30XIIS Scientific Calculators, $12.99 each
- Cherokee Varsity Jacket, $19.99
- Cherokee Moto Jacket, $19.99
Do you have kids that have lockers? My daughter cannot WAIT to get into the 6th grade!! Once she saw that locker accessories exist, middle school was her LIFE MISSION. I think the exact quote was, “MOM! You mean to tell me I can have my very own chandelier if I have a locker?”
Yes, my child. You can…
You can also have a locker rug, mirror, racks and more. We didn’t leave this section for 10 minutes even though my daughter doesn’t own a locker.I love it!
In the end, there wasn’t anything that we needed that we didn’t get from Target. Have you started your back to school shopping yet? I have wonderful news for you my friends! Target is offering a $300 gift card to one of my readers. See below for information on how to enter.
But before we get into that, don’t you just love the MEGA highlighter from Yoobi and the monster pencil cases. They unzip and unzip until they are nothing at all. The kids went CRAZY for them!
You can coordinate your accessories if you like and of course my daughter opted for all pink. If you want to mix and match things, everything goes. It’s all up to you – all how you want to play it. We also bought two huge white boards to write down weekly tasks and schedules. We are the WORST when it comes to those things. We thought a few white boards might help!
When Guests Buy Select up&up School Supplies, Target Gives Up to $25 Million
For every select up&up school supply purchased, Target will give one school supply to a student in need, potentially impacting nearly two million kids this back-to-school season
This is something I had to put on your radar, and I’m so glad I went shopping at this time to be able to give back! For every select up&up school supply purchased at Target stores from July 13 through August 2, Target will donate one school supply item to a student in need. They are hoping to donate up to $25 million in supplies and potentially impact nearly two million kids as they head back to school. Amazing, right?? There are over 1,200 different essentials available from the up&up line at Target. So – LOTS of OPTIONS!
The program was inspired by Yoobi, a Target-exclusive brand of school supplies with a “One for You, One for Me” mission, and builds on Target’s longstanding community partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation.
In addition, the new Yoobi brand of school supplies is available exclusively at Target and supports the cause year-round. Yoobi’s “One for You, One for Me” mission means that for every Yoobi product purchased at Target, Yoobi contributes a product to a Yoobi Classroom Pack that will be distributed to K-3 classrooms in the U.S. through the Kids In Need Foundation. The Yoobi collection is available in Target stores and on Target.com and features a colorful range of products, including folders, notebooks, pens, and rulers, all for less than $10.
Different Ways to Save:
There are a few ways to save at Target. Here is a quick breakdown:
- Cartwheel: Target will offer back-to-school Cartwheel collections that feature deals on top products.
- REDcard Rewards: REDcard holders will receive five percent off nearly all purchases at Target stores and Target.com, free shipping every day at Target.com and 30 extra days for returns. Through
- Price Match Policy: Families can ensure they are getting the best deals with one simple, easy-to-use Price Match Policy that includes matching prices from top online retailers year-round, including Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com and Toysrus.com (including Babiesrus.com).
Now for the Contest:
Here’s your chance to win a $300 gift card from Target! Good luck! Contest ends on the 18th.