One of my favorite aspects of Clawson is how it is centrally located, with local access to so many different places without being right in the hustle and bustle. Somerset and Oakland Mall, shopping plazas with Targets, Walmarts and Kohls are all places that are great for back-to-school shopping.
With the school year just a week away, it's time to pick up some supplies.
You could use a one-stop-shop store like those listed above, shop online like so many people are today, or you could look around Clawson and find some great deals.
My son and I went around town today to see what we could find.
seemed like the best place for book bags with quite a selection of brands from JanSport to SwissGear, all on sale for 25-50 percent off, ranging from about $7 to about $90.
If you're in a hurry to get your shopping done, Staples has just about everything you might need from pen and pencils to paper and folders.
Water Bottles and Lunch Bags
has some insulated lunch bags for $5.99 and reusable, durable water bottles for $6.99 (two bottles and a pouch).
also has similar, though lower quality bottles for $1.
Paper, Folders and Writing Utensils
Dollar Tree has a back-to-school section with a variety of pens and pencils and markers and folders and composition books and more, each for $1.
Staples is, again, great for any office supply-type items, like those I just listed. They are currently having a back-to-school sale on all these relevant items.
Silent reading is a regular fixture in public schools and though most schools have at least a small library of selections, many kids may be left wanting more variety for their reading. Try for some affordable reading or, there is always .
Kids outgrow clothes fast, so if you're looking to save a little on a new wardrobe for your kids, try the local resale shops like and where you can find gently used and often brand new items for a fraction of the retail price.
Does you child have some summer shagginess on their head? My seven-year-old son Johnny sure did. We took him to for his back-to-school haircut, but there are plenty of other places in our little city to get that done, like , , , , and quite a few others.
is a great place to save some money on pre-packaged foods, snacks and drinks, if you make your child's lunches.