Are You Just Throwing Dimes in the Garbage?

When school starts next week, I will have 2 kids in elementary school, 3 kids in middle school, and one teen in high school! (Yowza!- how did they ever get this grown up?) And since it seems as if they all put on 6 inches over the summer- nothing they have in their closets fits any longer (at least that is what they are claiming as they are making out their back to school “wish lists”!) So to remedy this situation we did a mammoth amount of back to school shopping this weekend – here’s a glimpse at our haul (and I don’t think we are quite finished yet!)!

Back to School Shopping

And while we were out on our back-to-school-stock-up-mission, we also stopped to pick up “basics” (also known as underwear and socks), school supplies, and more at our local Walmart. …

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