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Denver-area working parents are gearing up to send their kids back to school this year, and many are wondering how to make the pricey school-supplies shopping more affordable while keeping it green. Below are five tips for both:
1. School bag/backpack: Instead of buying a new one, dress up last year's. Use pins, markers, patches, buttons, and other decorating materials to make it snazzy.
2. Transportation: Whenever possible, walk or bike with your kids to school instead of driving. It's healthier, cheaper, and great for the air.
3. Supplies: Be sure to see if last year's supplies are still good. It's silly to throw away money on a wheel that's already created.
4. Lunch: Buy reusable food containers instead of using plastic baggies. It's a cost and an environment savings.
5: Duds. Shop at a thrift shop or second-hand store for this year's school clothes. They supply gently or little-used clothes (often big-name brands), great deals, and an alternative to new-clothes creation.
For more information or additional ideas, see Planet Green™ by Discovery.