BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRENDS FROM THE NATION’S #1 SHOPPING EXPERT CLAUDIA LOMBANA

Emmy & Peabody-Award Winning Journalist Claudia Lombana Shares Timely Tips for Helping Parents Prepare for the New School Year

Going back to school used to be a simple matter of choosing pens, pencils and a lunchbox. Now, getting your kids ready for school is a multiple choice quiz for deciding the best technology, fashions and trends to help make a student successful. From kindergarten to college, shopping expert Claudia Lombana explains the hottest new trends and money-saving ideas for the new school year.

LOMBANA WILL REVEAL WHAT’S NEW FOR SCHOOL:

  • CREATIVE PREDICTIONS–Latest data and HOT new trends from #1 consumer expert
  • GET ORGANIZED FOR LESS—Simple ways to avoid stress that will have you hooked  
  • FASHIONISTA FOR LESS –New looks and trends for back to school

About Lombana: She regularly shares her insight and expertise with national television audiences and is the national shopping specialist for PayPal.  Her tips and advice regularly appear in national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today and many others. The two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and Peabody Award winner provides advice on topics ranging from shopping trends to fraud protection.  As a journalist, she has traveled the world covering news stories for CNN, CBS, FOX, Tech TV and E! News.   

UNIQUE BACK-TO-SCHOOL IDEA
duckDuck® brand duct tape is an easy and inexpensive way for students and teachers to personalize back-to-school supplies. From notebooks to lunchboxes, pencil pouches to tablet covers, it’s perfect for decorating supplies, as well as labeling tech gear, making it simple for students to keep track of their stuff. Plus, the tape now comes in 250 colors, designs and licenses, so there’s a roll to suit any student’s style – including your favorite college or university logo. Duck® brand also offers an array of crafting tapes that provide the ideal embellishment to Duck Tape® projects. You can use new Duck® Chalkboard or Duck® Dry Erase tapes to create calendars, message boards or labels to keep track of school assignments and supplies. New Duck® Real Cork Tape is great for adding texture to projects, like these supply containers.

For More Information Visit: DuckBrand.com

THE BEST WAYS TO STAY ORGANIZED
geckotechThe key to being organized is to plan ahead and have the right systems in place. My favorite items right now are these GeckoTech® Reusable Hooks that are ideal for helping parents and kids stay organized. The revolutionary hooks are made with micro-suction technology which allows them to securely adhere to surfaces with no damage.  You can use GeckoTech Hooks® for creating easy storage for book bags, lunch pails and more during the school year. The hooks can also be reused and reapplied to glass, stainless steel, tile and most painted surfaces. The hooks are available in four weight options including ½ pound, 1-pound, 3-pound and 5-pound. They’re also great for organizing and accessorizing dorm rooms with dry-erase boards, calendars and more.

For More Information Visit: GeckoTechHooks.com

BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS NEW CLOTHES
Justice®-Logo-2colorWhen it comes to the must-have styles for back-to-school, tween girls will head to the all-new Justice where they’ll find exclusive fashions that help them express who they are on any given day. Justice offers the hottest fashions for every girl, every day fashions that are smartly priced, with straight-forward promotions. Whether it’s a visit to a Justice store or ShopJustice.com, you’ll find merchandise and accessories that are sure to help young girls head back to the classroom feeling fashionable and confident.

For More Information Visit: ShopJustice.com

SUGGESTION FOR SAVING MONEY ON BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING

UpromiseA recent survey that almost 36 percent of parents begin their back-to-school shopping online. So, my top tip is to save by shopping smart online, using a rewards site like Upromise.com by Sallie Mae. It is a free-to-join rewards program with a mission of helping families save for college by doing things they do every day.  Shoppers earn real cash rewards, a percentage of their purchase back, say 3-10 percent, that can be put toward college savings, repayment of an eligible student loan, a Sallie Mae high-yield savings account, eligible 529 college savings plans or even cash back in the form of a check.

With 900+ online retail partners such as Staples, Macy’s, Gap, Bed Bath and Beyond and now even local retailers, families can earn money for college while shopping for things they’ll be buying anyway. Members have already earned $900 million in cash for college since the program began.

For More Information Visit: Upromise.com