I know… I know. For most of you, school just got out. Heck, in my part of the woods, we’re not done for another couple of weeks. I understand not wanting to think about the next school year yet. I do. But thinking ahead is what saves the bucks.
There are two philosophies on backpacks for your children. One philosophy says to buy a new, cheap bag every year, let them wear it out; lather, rinse, and repeat. Lord knows I have been buying cheapie backpacks during Target’s back-to-school clearance ever since my oldest was in diapers. At $5/pop, it’s not hard to justify.
The second philosophy is to buy quality and plan to use the same bag for many years. My friends, I’m beginning to see the light. This light, it tends to come on strongest when the crappy backpack’s zipper gives up the ghost three months before the school year ends, if you catch my drift.
If you purchase from a store like LL Bean or Lands’ End, your merchandise comes with an unconditional guarantee and helpful customer service that will soften the heart of even the most hardened shopping cynic. If the zipper breaks, they’ll fix it. If it gets a hole, they’ll replace it. If you say, “Hey, I think this is an unreasonable amount of wear on this bag even though you and I both know that my kid probably used the bag as a sled through a mudpuddle,” they’ll help you out. No questions asked. Worth the money, yes?
Even better is if you can snag one of those great products at a reduced price. They give you the warranty whether or not you pay full price, ya know! It’s the best of both worlds! LL Bean is having their Summer Sale, and many of their book packs are marked down, including a full 50% off their adorable Patch Pack. And you can use coupon code 2301100 for free shipping. (Note: If you have a Bean Visa, you always get free shipping and free monogramming, too. Also I’m pretty sure that when you go to the actual store, the customer service people make you a throne out of kayaks and rub your feet.)