By Chanel Parks
Buys That Make the Grade
Whether you're loving or loathing that the kids are heading back to school, stocking up on what they need for fall doesn't have to be so tough-or expensive. Check out our list of picks under $15 that may just send your child to the head of the class. Photo credit: BIC, Walmart, GUM Dental, Staples, Target
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Remember using an eraser only to have it slide out of your hand? This no-slip version has a sturdy grip, so your child can easily make his mistakes disappear. The erasers come in neon colors and are small enough to fit in a pencil pouch. BIC Eraser, $1.99 for a 4-pack; at Walmart stores. Photo credit: BIC
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Have your tape and eat it too-well, not quite. But this creative tape dispenser spruces up any student's workspace, and it's as practical as it is pretty. You just may need to remind your curious pupil that the dispenser's only plastic…even though it does look delicious. Bright Pink Cupcake Tape Dispenser, $7; Staples.com for stores. Photo credit: Staples
This book bag offers a lot of bang for your buck. For starters, it comes with matching pencils, paper and erasers. Even better, there's an accompanying (and attachable!) lunchbox that's an extension of the backpack, so smushed sandwiches are a problem of the past. Everyday Backpack, $12.88; Walmart.com for stores. Photo credit: Walmart
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Kick off each school day with a toothbrush that takes the guesswork out of brushing. This one lights up after 60 seconds-the amount of time your A+ student should brush. It's fun, colorful and saves you the trouble of monitoring every moment of the morning routine. GUM Crayola Timer Light, $3.49; GUMBrand.com. Photo credit: GUM Dental
Make all-nighters go more smoothly for your college-bound kid. With one tool, she can write, highlight and flag important facts, keeping her organized without cluttering up her already-small dorm room. Bonus: You'll sleep tight knowing your child is prepared to hit the books, not the parties. Post-it 3-in-1 Flag+ Ballpoint Pen and Highlighter, $5.99 for a 2-pack; Post-it.com. Photo credit: Post-It Brand
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Up the chances of your picky eater indulging in the healthy lunch you prepare. These clever cutters turn sandwiches, fruit and more into cube- or heart-shaped pieces that even tiny hands can clutch. And it takes only an extra five seconds or so to make the slices. FunBites, $12.99 each; FunBites.com.
If your munchkin misses homework and after-school activity notes on your fridge, here's a bright idea: Write your reminders on one of these light-up memo boards. They're backed with bulbs to ensure your busy student gets the message. Plus, they're great for college kids to hang on their dorm doors. Room Essentials Text and TV Board Light, $14.99; Target.com for the Text Board and TV Board. Photo credit: Target
Calculators can crack in overstuffed backpacks. But this bendable one can't! Great for the kid on the go, the math tool can fold into any bag or pocket for easy access. Flexi Calculator, $4.99; Staples.com for stores. Photo credit: Staples
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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