If you've got school-aged children, you've likely been shopping for school supplies. Is it just me, or are schools requiring parents to foot a bigger bill than in years' past? I mean, why do elementary schools require each student to bring in a box of Kleenex? And that's actually the least of the expenditures. I had a $125 calculator on my middle schooler's list. The grand total for three girls? Nearly 400 bucks. Sheesh! Fortunately, the products in this month's edition are much more fun that what's on the schools' lists. For free information on the products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com.
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The Lunch Bunch The Pitch: My eighth grader isn't too thrilled about her school's lunch. Apparently she shies away from the featured entrees and eats a cheese sandwich every day. We've got a new plan this year: brown-bagging it. These BYO Built Express Lunch Bags from Prime Line (asi/79530) are ideal for fashionista brown-baggers. They come in three super-cool styles and are made from stretchy wetsuit material that will insulate for up to 3 hours. Pricing as low as $10.95 (S). These would make great teacher gifts, too. The Bottom Line: Bag it in style.
Drinking in the Dark The Pitch: When I went to a University of Maryland football game, we would throw our plastic stadium cups in the air when The Terps scored a touchdown. After people started complaining about being doused with liquid (and occasionally getting clocked in the head), the administration made cup-throwing illegal. Nonetheless, stadium cups are still super popular. I love these 12-ounce Glow Stadium Cups from Bullet (asi/42424), which have a large imprint area and are ideal for sporting events, amusement parks and company soirees (especially at night!) Pricing as low as55 cents (R) . The Bottom Line: Go glow.
Get it Together The Pitch: Not all kids are great at organizing their stuff. That's why I like this Honor Roll School Kit from Evans Manufacturing (asi/52840), which keeps everything together. The imprintable twin-pocket supply pouch includes two pencils, a ruler, a round eraser and a white pencil sharpener. Pricing is as low as
$2.75 (R). The Bottom Line: Kids will never have to go searching for their pencils again.
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