Back to school stuff to consider, is it that time already?

I can’t believe it’s back to school time already. It feels like it’s getting earlier every year, because it is. My son only has two years left in high school! I don’t even want to think about it so let’s talk about shopping. I’m still so happy with that tweezer set I recommended a few weeks ago! There are four different tweezers to get just about everything. Also I like the bath overflow blocker that lets you take deeper baths! That was a reader suggestion and it works great.

A portable wireless photo and document printer
I’m using an over five-year-old Kodak printer that’s decent, but ink cartridges are getting harder to find and I’ve been burned buying them off eBay. I’m looking for an under $300 printer that has affordable and/or long-lasting ink cartridges and can also scan and copy. I was looking at the Epson Eco printers but none of them have decent Fakespot ratings. This HP Tango was recommended by my Twitter friend but I’m pretty sure they still screw you on ink! Let me know if you have any other printer recommendations. This is only $150, it has 4 stars, 130 ratings and a B from Fakespot. People write that it’s very easy to set up and that “the print quality is very nice and photos come out very nice as well.” This has some kind of “instant ink service” which is supposed to be much cheaper than buying ink cartridges and is 2.99 a month. I’m really skeptical of this claim but some people seem to like it.

A set of 10 pairs of cotton underwear for just $20
College students always need extra underwear as it’s a pain to do laundry in college. I bought this set of 10 pairs of bikinis about a month ago and they’re now my go-to underwear. (I got the warm/cool prints, which are not currently available, but these colors are nice too.) They might run small, but they’re comfortable, I never notice I’m wearing them, and my size fits me well. (I’m in between sizes. One woman who is a size 6/8 says the medium fits her perfect.) I don’t put them in the dryer and just wash them on cold and hang them to dry. Reviews call them “soft and breathable cotton” which is “gloriously comfortable.” Some people say they fall apart, and I suspect that’s because they’re putting them in the dryer. Not all underwear holds up to that so it may be something to consider.

The best overall pencils
Oandlomom on Twitter recommended these Ticonderoga pencils and it reminded me of this viral photo of the best pencils. These pencils are called “the gold standard” and “best” pencils and several teachers mention that they’re the only pencils they get for their classroom. They’re also said to “sharpen flawlessly” and “erase well.”

A cute and useful pencil and accessories case
I need one of these for my car! I am always looking for scissors, pens, pencils and sharpeners when I’m on the go. (BTW this trunk organizer is easily in the top ten best purchases I’ve made on Amazon.) This pencil case will get you organized for school or the office. It’s is called “very cute,” “versatile” and has compartments to organize all sorts of small items like makeup brushes, markers, sticky notes and pencils.

A colorful stainless steel insulated water bottle
My son has a Mira water bottle which has lasted years! These 17 ounce reusable insulated stainless steel water bottles by Mira are under $16 and come in over 25 color options. They’re also available in 25 ounce versions for under $19. People call them awesome and say they keep drinks cold all day. They’re said to be lightweight, great for traveling and to clean up well with a little dishwashing soap and a capful of vinegar. The Swell water bottles are a little more expensive but come in so many pretty prints and colors.

Self-tanner that looks natural
Ok so this isn’t a back-to-school product necessarily but I saw this on Instagram stories and it looks interesting to me. This self tanner by Tanceuticals is dark, keep that in mind, but reviewers and my Instagram friend love it. It has over 1,500 reviews, 3.9 stars and a B from Fakespot. People call it “perfect natural color” the “best self tanner” and it’s said to have a nice coconut smell. One woman writes “I’m very fair and this product is described as “dark”, but it’s perfect [and] not too dark for me.” She also says it’s not orangey and “lasts a few days” as long as you reapply every 2-3 days.

The number one bestseller in laptop backpacks
This water resistant laptop backpack is affordable at $32 to $40 for the 15.6 inch version depending on the color. It also comes in a 17 inch version. It has so many different compartments and pockets for organizing all your stuff including a separate laptop area. It’s said to be “the perfect bag” which “holds alot” and balances weight well to avoid back and shoulder strain. People also like how padded the laptop area is.

Help a teacher with their classroom supplies
You can help teachers through You can also browse for wish lists on Amazon. (Most of what I found locally were supply lists but you may have more luck.)

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23 Responses to “Back to school stuff to consider, is it that time already?”

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  1. Renee says:

    Thanks for the trunk organizer suggestion. I just ordered one!

    • Original Jenns says:

      Same! I swear, every article you guys do, I browse through and click links to fill up my cart 🙂

  2. Lis382 says:

    As a teacher, I can honestly say, Ticonderoga are the best! Pre-sharpened are even better. Saves us a lot of time.

    • Dazed and Confused says:

      I was going to say exactly this!! Ticonderoga pencils are the best.

    • nikki says:

      True, without a doubt. A PROFESSIONAL GARDENER told me to label my plants only with Ticonderoga pencils; the sun won’t fade them like it will even indelible pens.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      They are the best! I hate a cheap pencil. I hate the ones that get little “lumps” of something in the lead and scratch your paper or give you blank spots–NO! Or ones that splinter when you sharpen them — infuriating. Ticonderoga all the way. Also, they make pencils that are black instead of yellow, and they look cool. Also, big fat pencils — great for little hands getting used to writing!

    • Becks1 says:

      I LOVE THEM! Best pencils ever.

  3. hnmmom says:

    I have an Epson Eco printer and it is AMAZING. I have had it for 18+ months and have only used half of the black ink it came with and 1/4 of the colored inks. I print a fair amount. Plus the replacement inks are so cheap. My model is the ET-3700. When I bought mine, BestBuy offered a discount on it if I brought in my old printer, not sure if they still offer something like that. I highly recommend this printer, it’s great.

  4. delphi says:

    I LOVE that little pencil case/bag. I have three; one for my fancy pens (because bullet journaling keeps me sane), one for my piercing/tattoo aftercare stuff, and another for my knitting supplies. It fits all of my scissors, gauges, markers, bobbins, and other notions. They are made of a canvas-like material, and wear wonderfully. Plus, the insides can be wiped clean with a soapy washcloth if they get schmutz on the inside.

  5. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I pooh-pooh a lot of school supply requests but Ticonderoga pencils and Crayola crayons really are far superior to their cheaper counterparts. I’m more than happy to buy them for my kids (and myself, now that I’ve gone back to college and have two math classes).

  6. nikki says:

    The BEST thing about my kids leaving home was not having to wait in HUGE lines for school supplies from the teachers’ required lists! I went to Office Max for something last September, saw enormous lines, and promptly walked out with a huge grateful smile on my face. Also, as a retired teacher, it’s taken me years to hear “back to school” without getting a clenched stomach ache. I LOVED teaching the kids, but the profession has gotten so depressing with too many crazy regulations, testing, and less respect.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Same here! I took early retirement (5 1/2 yrs. now), and I am LOVING it! When I hear BtS commercials start up, I get that momentary “zing” before I realize that I don’t have to start counting the days and dreading it lol.

      (Totally agree with the crazy regulations/testing/less respect, and I’ll add parents who think their little angels can do no wrong and don’t have to do HW, or not bully, etc).

  7. Weezer says:

    Those pencils are the best!! I’m 51 and use them daily at work (insurance agent)…it’s my one job requirement that they provide me with a fresh pack of them at all times..

  8. DrSnark says:

    I may be like the last to find out about The Ordinary skincare products, but just in case, I wanted to tell everyone about them. They are amazingly affordable and they work. I’ve only been using a couple weeks and I see a huge difference. Plus I just had a baby and basically never sleep and I am pleasantly surprised at how my skin looks.

  9. april says:

    i like these lists 🙂

  10. Fluffy Princess says:

    I love sponsored posts. So many ideas and great products to choose from! I always peek at these posts to see what’s new and to discover all the cool stuff recommended in the post and also, in the comments. Everyone has such amazing recommendations!

  11. Becks1 says:

    CB – as a random, have you thought of doing a post on thrift shopping? I feel like you are always finding good deals and you know what to look for in a thrift shop (both the shop itself and what you are looking for) and I just kind of wander aimlessly and then leave. I see people like you finding good deals and I want your tips! lol

    • Victoria says:

      I was writing to CB on Instagram about this!! Yes we need it please

      • Celebitchy says:

        Its so unique to where you live. I’ll think about it and try to consider a good angle for it thanks! I think my main tip is just to like to shop and dig through things. Also you can tell within about 5 minutes if it’s a decent thrift shop and will be worth your time to look through stuff.

  12. Agnes says:

    Thank you for all the recommendations!

    I got the tweezer set a while ago AND I LOVE IT! It’s put an end to literally years of buying everything from stupid-expensive to cheap tweezers, all of which were crap. Yay!

  13. Call_me_al says:

    Love that you linked to the charities!