Essential Tools for Back-to-School 2017

Created on Tue, 01 August 2017, 14:29

Back-to-School purchases will top 27 billion dollars in 2017.  That’s about $500 per student!*  Before you shop,  save by listening to our next guest –’s – Senior Editor – David Gregg.

Office Depot and OfficeMax Stores

Students want supplies to express style, while parents need them to be affordable and durable. Office Depot and OfficeMax’s assortment of backpacks include trendy designs from popular brands like Speck and High Sierra – at 30 percent off!  Their exclusive collection of Divoga school supplies offers tropical glam with Gone Global metallic accents with Modern Minimal and vibrant, fun patterns with Happy Thoughts.  Fashionable accessories like tassels, pom poms, and stickers allow students to personalize their notebooks and supplies! And pricing from $1 to $5 makes parents love them too!

Visit Office Depot and OfficeMax stores for quality products at a great value while taking care of back-to-school, or check them out online at

Under Armour Protect Series of Cases and Accessories

Students can break a sweat without breaking their phone – or the bank – with Under Armour’s Protect Series of cases and magnetic mounts.  Available just in time for the back to school shopping season, Under Armour’s Protect Series cases and accessory collection is tough enough to handle any workout while providing drop and grip protection.  It even sports convenient onboard storage for earbuds, credit cards and ID’s.  It’s available for popular smart phones – including all iPhone 7 models, the Samsung Galaxy S8 phone series, Google Pixel models and even Moto’s new Z2 Play!  Pricing starts just under $35.

View and purchase current styles and options from Under Armour’s Protect Series exclusively at Verizon stores and at

TrackR pixel

Find stuff kids always seem to lose with the TrackR pixel! This small, coin-sized Bluetooth device easily attaches to important items – backpacks, wallets, laptops, and more – so they don’t get lost.  Tap the Item Ringer button in the free TrackR app so it lights-up and rings loudly to locate lost items in seconds. The Family Sharing feature uses a “group effort” so many people can track multiple devices.  Say something’s lost outside of its large 110-foot Bluetooth range (like in a classroom), TrackR’s Crowd Locate network will help you find it.  At just $25 each – you can’t afford not to have them on things your child can’t afford to lose!

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Keurig K-Compact Coffee Maker

The slender and stylish Keurig K-Compact Coffee Maker is the ultimate dorm room essential. At just over 8 inches wide, this space saving coffee maker brews your favorite beverage in under a minute at the touch of a button.  Perfect for the busy college student, the Keurig K-Compact brewer features Smart Start technology that heats and brews in one simple process. Choose from three different brew sizes to reach your ultimate taste profile. This coffee maker also has a removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs for any student on-the-go.  And to fuel those late-night, early morning study sessions, make sure to have REVV K-Cup pods on hand, an extra bold brew to give you that much-needed energy boost! The Keurig K-Compact brewer is available exclusively at Walmart and for only $59!

2017 Ford Escape

From college students to parents shuttling kids back and forth to school, the redesigned 2017 Ford Escape is the perfect vehicle choice to safely and comfortably get you and young drivers back-to-school in style!  The technologically advanced interior features SYNC Connect, so your app-controlled devices can remotely start, lock and unlock the Escape!  The new storage media bin includes a USB port and power outlet for on-the-go charging and storage for laptops, phones and tablets.  Transporting your young athlete’s gear and band instruments is easy as saying “open sesame” with the hands-free lift gate, on the 2017 Ford Escape, while the active park assist feature can self-parallel park in school parking lots!

Pricing: MSRP starting at $23,600 (Source: Ford Media Site, 2017 Ford Escape Product Sheet)

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*SOURCE: Deloitte 2017 Survey