The Return of Routine: Cheap Ways to Prepare for the End-of-Summer Shake Up

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Posted on 09/01/2009

Say good-bye to the snooze button, relaxed wardrobes and summer schedules. Say hello to early morning school bells, packed appointment books and strict routines. But just because it’s time to head back-to-school doesn’t mean you have to welcome the return of chaos into your life. Here are cheap ways to prepare for the end-of-summer shake up - and don't forget to grab coupons for all their school supplies & clothes at the Back to School Coupons page at UltimateCoupons!

Practice, Practice, Practice - Don’t expect the transition from summer to school to be easy. Help it along by running a few practice drills. Set your alarm and get the kids ready just like you will on a school day. Your team will improve with practice so they’ll be ready for the real deal.

Get Them Excited - A great way to fire up your team is by giving them something to get excited about. A new backpack or some new clothes will likely do the trick. Make sure they save their new purchases for the start of school. The items don’t have to be expensive, but they will help them kick off the new year in a special way.

Buy New Lunch Bags -
They’ll be eager to pack their lunch with a cool new lunch bag. Check out the Peyton Lunch Bag from Pottery Barn for a great deal.

Shop for the Teacher - A great way to get little ones excited about the start of school is to let them pick out a small gift for their new teacher. They could even make one using these ideas from Disney for inspiration.

Hammer Out a Schedule - Create a back-to-school schedule so you know where everyone needs to be and at what time. Get a free planning calendar with $20 worth of Nestle coupons at Walmart.com.

Create a Back-to-School Tradition - Make the first day of school special and less stressful by planning a fun activity once the school day is done. Take the family out for pizza or bowling and make sure the year gets kicked off right. You can even download a coupon for a free game of bowling for Saturday September 5 from Bowl.com.

By Alison Storm

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