Archive - August 1, 2018

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FFTC’s Guide to School Clothes Shopping on a Budget
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Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide
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FFTC’s Guide to Buying School Supplies

FFTC’s Guide to School Clothes Shopping on a Budget

School clothes shopping sends shivers up my spine. I just spent over $100 buying school supplies for my kids.  And we didn’t even get everything on the list. Who knew that notebooks and crayons could add up so quickly.  Our cart was full, but it wasn’t overflowing.

With the school supplies purchased and ready to go, it’s time to consider school clothes shopping. After spending so much on folders and pencils, we really gotta be careful and stick to our budget. There are some great alternatives to the mall, department stores or even Target that can help you keep the prices down.

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Twin Cities August Family Events & Activities Guide


It is our hope that you can use our August Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. In August we are highlighting one of our absolute favorite events, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as reminding you of all the festivals and outdoor entertainment left to enjoy before summer’s last gasp.  As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!


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FFTC’s Guide to Buying School Supplies

Finding school supplies each year can be expensive and frustrating. Every school, sometimes every teacher, has their own list and just when you think you have it down, they might change.

FFTC's Guide to Buy School Supplies

The year that I finally got ahead on buying white uniform shirts, we received an email in August informing us that the school had decided to change to red shirts. Great! White is a ridiculous color for grade school children. Now I had a bunch of useless white shirts, which I attempted to dye them all red. Disaster. THE NEXT DAY, the school sent another email that, due to parental complaints, they would allow BOTH red and white shirts for the upcoming school year. ERG!

Anyway, we share your pain and offer a few strategies for getting it done fast and/or cheap and/or environmentally friendly. We hope it can be a fun bonding experience, too. Read More

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