Summer is far from over. We’ve still got weeks to go. But school will be starting up in no time, and it’s never too early to start thinking about what your kids need for a new school year. With kids needing new backpacks and pencils and erasers and folders and lunchboxes and glue sticks and markers and everything else under the sun, back-to-school shopping lists can get very long very quickly. Luckily, there are plenty of resources and deals out there that will help MilFams like yours get everything they need for day one.

1. Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade

Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade is one of the best back-to-school programs out there. They partner with Dollar Tree to collect school supplies for military children, and the distribute everything at events throughout the country.

Visit the Operation Homefront website for more information and to find events in your area. If the Back-to-School Brigade is coming to your area, we suggest checking them out.

2. Military Deals on Clothes/Accessories

Summer can be hard on a  kid’s wardrobe. Whether they’re hitting their growth spurt or just spending all day outside, some of those clothes just aren’t wearable by September. When looking for some new looks, don’t forget about the great military discounts at Old NavyWranglerTommy Hilfiger, and Columbia.

No back-to-school wardrobe is complete without some new kicks, either. Take advantage of the military discounts at Rack Room ShoesFoot LockerNew BalanceNikeMerrell, and, to complete that back-to-school outfit.

If you’re ever shopping and aren’t sure if the store offers a military discount, just ask! What’s the worst that could happen?

3. Military Deals on Technology

Gone are the days of nothing but a pencil and notebook in the classroom. If you need a new computer, laptop or other necessary electronics and accessories, check out the military discounts offered by Dell and Apple’s Online Military Store.

Most cell phone providers, like Verizon, offer military discounts, too. If you’re in the market for a new phone or a new cell phone plan to help you keep in touch with, contact your provider to ask what they offer for MilFams. Sometimes it’s as easy as asking and receiving.

4. Don’t Forget the Exchange!

The Navy Exchange (NEX), the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) and the Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) all offer price matching. If you see one of their products being sold at another store for a lower price, just bring in proof and they’ll match it. This way you get the best products, for the best prices, at a convenient location. What’s better than that?!

5. Tutoring and Test Prep

Back-to-school shopping isn’t all about clothes and computers, though. Students should look good and test good. Does your child need a little extra help with homework and studying, check out They’ll match your child up with an expert tutor that’s available online and 24/7. For MilFams, tutoring from is free.

Do you have older kids getting ready for college testing? Get some extremely discounted SAT and ACT College Test Preparation Programs from eKnowledge. For MilFams, eKnowledge offers affordable test prep, ranging from $20 to $40.

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