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Are you ready for the school year? Bags packed and school supplies bought? Getting ready for the new school year can be stressful and expensive. If you're looking to get ahead this year and save a little money in the process, our Back to School Countdown Challenge is for you!

From budgeting for extracurricular activities to school shopping, we'll give you 15 days of activities to prepare (and save)! Sign up below for tips and activities to get your family ready for the upcoming year while keeping your finances in check.

To sign up, just reply to this post below. Beginning on August 6th, you'll receive a daily link to our easy activity. One mom who participates in 10 days of the challenge will win a $50 Chase gift card.

Day 1: Size Up Supplies

Day 2: Budget for Basics

Day 3: Start Talking

Day 4: Planning for Extras

Day 5: School Shopping

Day 6: Car Pool

Day 7: Reuse and Revamp

Day 8: Save on Snacks

Day 9: Set up a Study Area

Day 10: Expect the Unexpected

Day 11: School Lunches

Day 12: Pack Now

Day 13: Be Patient

Day 14: Budget for Hidden Costs

Day 15: Save for a Splurge

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Official Rules

  • The Back to School Countdown sweepstakes starts 8/1/12 at 12:00pm (ET) and ends 8/29/2012 at 11:59pm (ET) (the "Sweepstakes Period").
  • Enter by replying 10 or more of the related posts with appropriate comments during the Giveaway Period.
  • Multiple entries are permitted and encouraged, as it increases your chances of winning.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing of all eligible entries to receive a $50 Chase gift card.
  • The random drawing shall occur on or about 9/5/12.
  • No Purchase Necessary.
  • Open to US, DC, and PR residents 16 years and older.
  • Void where prohibited. Click here for the rest of the Official Rules.
by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Oh that would be great.... especially since we're struggling just to get by to save to get the kiddos shoes, supplies we got, clothes they were covered by family at birthday time, but shoes :( can't get them yet.

by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM
Please, sign me up. :)
by New Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Count me in! I am sending kids to public school for first time -- no uniforms means spending more money on clothes! 

Wife to Ken
Mom to Mackenzie and Bob


by Bronze Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

 Sign me up please

by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM
Sign me up!
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by on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM
Sign me up! I would love to save some money!
by Yvonne on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

 great! sign me in :))

by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM
Sign me up
by New Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Sign me up please! 3 in need!
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by Member on Aug. 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM
Speaking of SAVING?? There are quite a few coupons out now on Rose Art, Bic and others that could possibly get you CHEAP and FREE supplies!

Let the games begin! I have two kiddos in school this year.
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