Back to School Shopping Guide 2014

by Susan

We’ve got you covered for Back to School in this Shopping Guide. We’ve picked a wide range of our favorite products to get your kids off to a winning start this year. Please note that some of the selections are from our sponsors and some contain affiliate links.

Back To School Shopping Guide 2014

Click Here to Download the Shopping Guide as a PDF

School and Homework Supplies

Back to School Shopping usually starts with getting kids stocked up on essentials they need at school and for homework. Here are our top picks to get your children organized and ready for an A+ school year…

Back to School Shopping Guide - School Supplies

Here’s where to find it all…

  1. Trapper Keeper
    Give you kids tools like a Trapper Keeper to stay organized at school.
  2. Cute lunch box
    We love these personalized lunch boxes from I See Me!
  3. Character backpacks are fun for young kids
    Target has great prices on backpacks and lots of character options.
  4. Stock up on printer paper
    While you’re at Target, pick up this multipurpose paper.
  5. Calculator
    Did you know you can get a calculator at Dollar Tree for just a dollar?
  6. Desk Organizer
    Your kids can keep their homework supplies organized with this coated wire organizer.
  7. Post-it Notes
    We love Post-it Notes! Stock up at Target.
  8. Clean Ones
    Did you realize that gloves are on many teachers’ wish-list of school supplies. Make your child’s teacher happy with a pair of Clean Ones.
  9. Notebooks
    Of course you need to buy notebooks, so pick up these for a dollar each at Dollar Tree.
  10. Pens, Pencils etc.
    You can’t have enough pens, pencils, tape, glue etc. Pick them up at Dollar Tree.
  11. Student Planner
    Keep your student on task with a Mead academic planner.

Books and Activities

There’s more to learning than textbooks. Here are some of our favorite book and activity selections for preschool and primary grades…

Back to School Shopping Guide - Books and Activities

Here’s where to find it all…

  1. Personalized books to introduce school.
    Personalized books are favorites at any time of year, but this I See Me! book would be such a fabulous way to start your child off at preschool.
  2. Get your early readers excited to read with creative stories.
    My girls love the imaginative story lines in the Captain No Beard.
  3. Arts & Crafts kit delivered to your home.
    When life gets busy during the back to school season, you’ll love having the Ivy Kids Crafts Kits arrive with everything your kids need for fun, educational crafts on the weekend.
  4. Extra learning tools that emphasize fun.
    It’s important to keep math fun and Bedtime Math is a wonderful way to get kids into the habit of thinking about math a little each day.
  5. Stickers for lunch box notes.
    Remember to stock up on cute stickers to put on notes for your children’s lunches. We love these from Faith that Sticks.
  6. Mealtime Devotions.
    It’s a wonderful idea to use dinner time for family devotions..
  7. Trivia and Facts books.
    Kids are naturally curious so let them find hundreds of answers in TIME for Kids Big Book of When.

Don’t Forget These Important Extras…

Once you’ve got pens, pencils, notebooks and the other basic school supplies, you might think you’re done. But here are some other essentials you might want to consider…

Back to School Shopping Guide - Don't Forget

Here’s where to find it all…

  1. Laptop or tablet
    Laptops and tablets have really come down in price. If your child is constantly asking to borrow your computer, perhaps it’s time she has her own. This ASUS Transformer Book Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop is a great choice.
  2. Skin care products
    The start of a new school year is a great time to talk to your preteen or teenager about properly caring for their skin and wearing deodorant. The conversation is important for both boys and girls. For girls, we recommend the natural products at Good For You Girls.
  3. Sunscreen
    Summer may be over, but the sun still shines and damages skin. Make sure your kids apply sunscreen in the morning and take it to school to reapply at recess and lunch. Girls will love Sparkle Screen by GlitterTots.
  4. Parenting books
    Understanding our kids is always tough. But as they grow older and hit new milestones – like entering middle school – you need to pay extra attention. If your child is nearing or currently in middle school, you’ll want to read Middle School: The Inside Story. It offers practical, hands-on advice for helping your child through this difficult life stage.
  5. Scooter to get to and from school
    When we chose scooters for our kids, we went with kick scooters so they had exercise while having fun. We also appreciate the affordable price of Razor kick scooters.
  6. A small toy for recess that fits easily in a backpack
    Consider getting a new toy that’s not electronic and can provide an alternative to “screen time” and can easily fit in your child’s backpack for recess or an after-school care program. We think these Star Wars Yomega Yo-Men Yo-Yos and Kendama Pro will be huge hits for kids.

If you’ve stocked up with all these Back to School essentials, your kids will be all set for the new school year.

Click Here to Download the Shopping Guide as a PDF

Enter To Win

Remember to check out our Back to School Giveaway Event 2014 where you can have a chance to win some of these items and more…

Back to School Giveaway Event

Don’t miss any of these giveaways. We’ll be updating our Back to School Giveaway Event 2014 post every day with new giveaways.

>>> Don’t Miss Any… Click Here to Get A Reminder

Click Here to Download the Shopping Guide as a PDF

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links and items from our sponsors.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and
Pin with me at

Email Author    |    Website About Susan

Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

View all articles by

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kimmy Burgess August 6, 2014 at 1:25 am

Get back to school kids!!! These wonderful articles are here to manage your school life in a most easy way. Really these items can make the life managed for kids and even for parents too. I suggest to get them now if it’s not with you. Thanks for sharing.


2 Vineetha August 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

This is a wonderful article for moms, the best infographic information you provided here, best check list of all the required items for kids. Thank you.


3 anne August 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

These are very helpful and informative for all kids going back to school.


4 meagan bs August 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

i never really thought about sending things like sunscreen with my daughter to school, but that’s actually not a bad idea. thanks for the tips :)


5 Dianna A August 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

Since I homeschool I don’t have to send my kids off but we still get notebooks and other things. Great list.


6 Rebecca Parsons August 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

This is probably the best list I have seen put together for school and where to purchase is a huge bonus.


7 angie August 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

back to school, now raising my grandchildren after my own children out of school several years thanks so much for helping me keep up with what is new and hot out there


8 Cheryl Free August 9, 2014 at 1:26 am

I love the school supplies ideas and the Dollar Tree prices.


9 Sunnymay August 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I would add a specific pencil to the list – Black Warrior Fort Ticonderosa Pencils have a distinctive black color and almost write by themselves. They are so sturdy and have smooth #2 lead. I also like Uniball Vision Roller Ball Pens because they are also my go-to pen and make for smooth writing.


10 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

thanks for the personalized book tips, those always make reading more fun.


11 BusyWorkingMama August 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm

We bought our backpack at Target. They had a great selection!


12 heather August 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Great list that reminds me I need to get a new calculator this year.


13 vickie couturier August 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

love the points and tips,very good post


14 Dena Furgason August 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

I love school and office supplies. This was a great post. Thanks,


15 Angela Saver August 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

What a great article for any parent or student! So many great tips & ideas that could save us all a lot of time!


16 DEBIJOT August 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

This is a great list of back to school supplies.


17 Caitlin McClure August 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I used to ride my scooter to school! loved it


18 Mimi August 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

School starts Monday for my youngest. Heading to middle school. Depending on how it goes, we may opt for homeschooling. lol Never an option in my mind with my other kids. Realized tonight that I forgot 3 things he’s going to need this week. hahahahaha Thanks for this list!


19 Jessica Medina August 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I love shopping fo rback to school supplies!


20 Tiffany DeOs August 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

Great list!! We homeschool so some of those we don’t need but I can see it would be very helpful for those who don’t.


21 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

GREAT Back to School guide…covers the basics and then some!


22 Barbara Platt August 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

so far I spent $500 on BTS


23 Benita August 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

What an informative and thorough back to school guide. We so look forward to the start of fall, and new beginnings.


24 Megan Cromes August 28, 2014 at 11:57 am

thanks alot for the tips,i will do this ty ;)


25 Jenn Crawford-Lierman August 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Great list of back to school supplies!!!


26 Smaug September 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Great article and great list for going back to school


27 Buddy Garrett September 6, 2014 at 12:39 am

The list of supplies is great. You can save money on back to school items.


28 a4 cellophane bags September 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

Excellent article! We willl be linking to thiis particularly great article on our website.

Keep upp the good writing.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: