Back to School Savings Bags and Supplies


Back to School shopping can cost a mint. That's before you even start to ponder the thoughts of tuition. Momtrends to the rescue!

First,'??the world'??s largest online retailer of backpacks, handbags, luggage, and travel accessories'??is going to give us all a break on bags. As the national average price of gas skirts four dollars a gallon, every penny makes it easy to shop online and compare prices, saving you valuable time and money.

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Mom Trends readers recive 15% OFF eBags purchases (products that do not have a discount restriction, now through October 1, 2008).

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For the preschool set, eBags recommends a bag that is cute, sturdy and functional. The ideal bag for a student age 4'??10 years is smaller and designed specifically for short torsos. My picks include this Construction pack from Wildkin ($25.99) and the Miquelrius Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Hearts Small Backpack and Holdall ($30). Click here for the shopping link with 15% off.

And don't forget to enter the eBags '??Wishin' for Tuition Instant Win Sweepstakes.'? eBags will award $25,000 in cash and prizes now through September 14, 2008.

Think preschool is a big financial outlay, well get ready--college is right around the corner. We've already opened 529 savings plans for our girls. To help fund these accounts, we signed up for Upromise.

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Upromise is a free service designed to help families save and pay for college by partnering with large retailers (think L.L. Bean, Wal-Mart, McDonald'??s etc.) to offer cash back on purchases. It's easy. Sign up for free at and register your debit, credit and grocery cards. Every time a purchase is made with a registered card at one of the hundreds of participating retailers, you earn up to 25% back for their college fund or student loans.

Log on to their website for shopping ideas--whether you are buying a Mac at (earn 1%), school clothes at American Eagle (earn 2%) or other BTS items. Plus, to provide even more help this fall and beyond, Upromise is giving away $100,000 as part of its $100,000 College Dreams Sweepstakes, offering ten winners the chance to earn $10,000 for college.

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