Monday, July 06, 2015

Tips for Heading Back to School … and the Master Lock Products That Can Help!

Summer is certainly flying by, and a new school year will be here before we know it! This is a huge year for my twins because they will be starting middle school. It’s been over ten years since my older boys were in middle school, so it feels like I’m starting all over again. However, I do remember some tips that really made the summer-to-school adjustment much easier.

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS
  • If your child is attending a new school, he’ll feel more comfortable if he has visited a few times. Be sure to attend any open houses that are offered or even make an appointment to tour the school. Help him find the cafeteria, media center, and other places he’ll be visiting.
  • Start looking for deals on clothes and uniforms. I purchase these items throughout the year as I find sales. If you must purchase closer to the start of the school year, see if your state offers a tax-free period when you pay no sales tax on school-related purchases. You’d be surprised at how quickly these savings can add up!
  • Many stores run out of certain supplies as the school year approaches. Sometimes, you can’t purchase items until you get a supply list from your child’s teachers, but other items can be purchased ahead of time, such as backpacks, lunch bags, pencils and notebook paper. Do this during the summer while there’s still a big selection.
  • One advantage I have now as my twins head to middle school is that I’ve learned a lot about the many school safety products available from Master Lock. As a blogger for their Live Secure Safety Squad, my family has had the opportunity to try out many of their products, and we’ve found that they are often ideal for school use. For example:


Master Lock has a HUGE selection of combination padlocks for your child’s locker. I especially like the 1530DWD Letter Combination Dial Padlock because many children find it easier to memorize a word combination rather than a number. And the three bright metallic colors make it a perfect choice for kids. My boys will be using a locker for the first time this year, and they're really excited to pick out their Master Lock padlock!


If your child will be riding his bike to school, he’ll definitely need a bike lock. I love Master Lock’s 8152DASTWD Cable Lock because it also has a word combination and comes in fun bright colors for easy identification. It's super-strong and will withstand active kids' wear-and-tear.


Kids are packing more valuables in their backpacks these days, such as phones, iPads and graphing calculators. Protect them with a Master Lock backpack lock! The 1550DAST backpack lock is an ideal size for backpacks, sports bags and children's luggage.

Heading back to school doesn’t have to be stressful when you plan early. Head to the stores this summer while the selection is good and prices are reasonable, and be sure to visit MasterLock.com for all of your school safety products.



Disclosure: As a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad, I receive products and compensation for my participation. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

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