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Back To School: $25 Backpack Stuff Challenge

1 Comment 09 August 2012

As a former high school French teacher, Back To School time makes me almost giddy. There was always magic in the days leading up to the start of school – preparing my classroom, buying new supplies, and wondering what the year would bring. My two kids are no where near high school age, but this year I’m anxious and excited to have two little kindergarteners. My babies! Going to kindergarten! Hold me.

The Walmart Moms are at it again, taking yet another challenge to prove that you really can save money, and live better with a little help from Walmart. This time, our challenge was to buy two backpacks for under $25 each, and then take an additional $25 per backpack to purchase as many supplies as possible. Well, with two small children heading into Kindergarten classrooms in just a short month, you can imagine that I jumped at this opportunity.

Back To School Backpacks at Walmart

You can see the two backpacks that I purchased above. The Princess backpack came with a lunch bag already attached to it – my daughter chose it because it had not just three, but 6 princesses all in total. It was a serious decision between this one and the Hello Kitty backpack, but in the end 6 princesses clearly trump one cat. The princess backpack and lunch bag combination cost a grand total of $12.88.

For my son I chose a Mario backpack. I’m not sure how the video games of our youth have made such a resurgence, but it seems that they have – and our son Banks just thinks that Mario is the coolest of the cool. I am inclined to agree with him – and considering that this backpack came in at only $19.88 it seemed like a steal of a deal.

mario brothers backpack

So of course, the challenge was to stuff as much in each backpack as possible. This is where I strayed from the directions a little bit. Instead of choosing all off name-brand and non-licensed items (which I totally could have done, and had even more than this) I chose to be realistic and go with the items that your kids are bound to beg you for – licensed notebooks, erasers, and name brand crayons, markers, and pencils. Even with the fact that I purchased the more high-end items – look at how much I was able to buy for $25.

  • Two Marvel-themed wide-ruled 1 subject notebooks
  • A 24 pack of Dixon #2 pencils
  • A 4 pack of Sharpie highlighters
  • A Spiderman pencil case
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Kids scissors (that look like a monkey – how cute!)
  • A giant eraser that is shaped like a Spiderman head
  • A 20 pack of automatic pencils
  • 10 pack of Classic Washable Crayola Markers
  • 24 pack of Twistable Crayola Crayons
  • 20 pack of Supertips Crayola Markers
  • 4 pack of pens

Even though I opted to go with some pricier items I still got a TON of stuff for 25 bucks. Even those licensed notebooks only set me back $1.97 each – and that giant eraser was only .97.

Princess Backpack and Lunchbox


I stuffed my daughter’s Princess backpack with much of the same things – just changing it up a bit to make it more ‘girly’.

  • 1 Hello Kitty wide-ruled 1 subject notebook
  • 1 Lisa Frank Dolphin wide-ruled 1 subject notebook
  • A 24 pack of Dixon #2 pencils
  • A 4 pack of Sharpie highlighters
  • A plush puppy dog pencil case
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Kids scissors (this pair looks like an elephant)
  • A giant eraser that is shaped like Tinker Bell’s head
  • A 20 pack of automatic pencils
  • 10 pack of Classic Washable Crayola Markers
  • 24 pack of Twistable Crayola Crayons
  • 20 pack of Supertips Crayola Markers
  • 4 pack of pens


Some of my favorite items were the plush puppy dog pencil case and the “Wild Ones!” scissors. I did pay almost $5 each for the pencil cases, and close to $3 a pair for the scissors, but I stil felt like it was more than reasonable – and I know the kids will be crazy about them.

So there you have it – 2 backpacks, ready for back to school Everything you see here is, of course, available at Walmart in their Back To School section. Be sure to swing by and take the challenge yourself!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of my role in the Walmart Moms program. All opinions are 100% my own.


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