Do you go back-to-school shopping with your kids, or do you get it all done online?

While some of you have completed back-to-school shopping, I usually wait for the last minute back to school shopping the few days before school begins – it’s all part of that back-to-school rush feeling!

Canadian parents plan to spend, on average, more than $300 per child on back-to-school shopping! These expenses include everything from school supplies to the latest technology.

So before I begin back-to-school shopping and saving, I like to check out the deals online first – from the comfort of my couch. has all of the best deals in one convenient place.

Here are my favourite Back to School essentials for this year found through You can get some great discounts with coupon and promo codes for thousands of online stores with RetailMeNot, and save with in-store and printable coupons.

Back to School Shopping and Saving

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A good, sturdy backpack with plenty of storage options is essential for growing kids. The licensed character backpacks are cute when kids are in younger grades, but they don’t have enough space for books and large zipper binders. This one from Swiss Gear fits laptops too. Available at Right now if you shop at SHOP.CA, RetailMeNot has an exclusive $50 off when you spend $125 or more.

Back to School Shopping and Saving - Swiss Gear Backpack



Lunch Box

There are so many options for lunch boxes. Many schools encourage “Boomerang” lunches, meaning packing lunches in recyclable containers. Bento-type boxes work well, as do various sizes of BPA-free containers like the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox, or Bento Buddies from Chapters Indigo.


Back to School Shopping and Saving Bento Buddies


Dry Erase Board

Older kids can stay on top of their school schedules with this cute stylish Peel + Stick Dry Erase Board Set by WallPOPS, featuring a monthly calendar, weekly planner, and message board. Includes a dry erase marker and letters for personalization. Available at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Back to School Shopping and Saving - Dry Erase Board


Running Shoes

Kids will need a good pair of running shoes AND a clean pair of indoor shoes; velcro will come in handy for little ones while older kids can enjoy runners like these New Balance sneakers from Foot Locker.

Back to School Shopping and Saving


Old Navy has some great deals for back-to-school shopping for boys and girls. Check out all of the discounts here.

Back to School Shopping and Saving at Old Navy and



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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. I try to check of sales every time we shop now! You’d be surprised at how much you can save by doing such a simple things before you head out!

  2. I always check for sales, and search the net for coupon savings

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