21 Kid-Approved Apps for the 5 and Under Set

Looking for some new apps to help toddlers and preschoolers learn their letters and more? I asked BC fans about the apps their kids enjoyed the most. Here’s a summary of what they told me (in no particular order):

21 Kid-Approved Apps for the 5 and Under Set

Ages 3 and Under

Ages 3-5

  • Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letters (Free) Apple and Android
  • PBSKids (Daniel Tiger, Pet + Cat, More) (Free) Apple and Android
  • ABC Little Explorers ABC series ($1.99) Apple
  • Letter School ($4.34 t0$4.99) Apple and Android
  • BubbleGuppies (Free to $6.99) Apple and Android
  • WallyKazam! Letter and Word Magic ($3.99-$4.99) Apple
  • Teach Me: Kindergarten ($1.99) Apple
  • Toca Boca ($2.99) Apple and Android
  • Disney Princess Palace Pets (Free) Apple and Android

Subscription/Membership Required

  • Reading Eggs (Free apps; $69/year subscription to service) Apple and Android
  • Agnitus (Free apps; $6.99/month) Apple and Android
  • ABCMouse (Free apps; $7.99/month) Apple

Did we leave off any of your kids’ faves? Let us know in the comments!

Top 6 Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School [BC Reader Faves]

I asked Baby Cheapskate readers about their favorite lunch boxes. Here are the ones that came out on top:

Top 6 Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School | BabyCheapskate.com

Pottery Barn Kids Classic: Comes in two dozen colors and prints. Features zippered mesh pocket, food-friendly lining, and back strap for attaching to rolling back packs. Designed to fit PBK  Hot/Cold Food Storage Container and Spencer Food Storage ( sold separately). $19.50 to $24.50.

PlanetBox Shuttle or Rover: Choose from four colors for Shuttle and six for Rover. Shuttle features a two-cup main compartment and a one-cup side compartment. RoverRover holds nearly 4.5 cups of food. Comprised of dishwasher-safe stainless steel bento-style insert plus hand-wipeable recycled polyester carry bag. $39.95 for Shuttle; $59.95 for Rover.

LL Bean Flip Top: Comes in three prints and eight sold colors. Storage lid holds drinks, insulated containers or snacks.Water-resistant, easy-clean lining. $24.95.

Lands End Soft Side: Comes in a dozen colors/prints and features side mesh pocket and front pocket and clip handle. Insulated. Leak-Resistant. Easy to wipe interior. $19

Lands End Classmate EZ Wipe: Comes in a dozen colors/prints and features four pockets, clip handle, and interior ID tag. Insulated. Leak-Resistant. Seamless interior makes it easy to wipe. $24

PackIt: Choose from 11 colors and prints. Freezable lunch bag features zip closure, buckle handle, wipe-clean interior and spot-clean exterior.  $19.99.

Related: Best Backpacks for Back to School [Shopping Secrets]

Best Backpacks for Back to School [Shopping Secrets]

A year ago I asked BC readers to tell me which backpacks they preferred for their kids. Over 100 readers responded. Here are the top five brands:Best Backpacks for Back to School | Baby Cheapskate

Reader Faves:

  • LLBean: Kids four to seven can choose from Jr. Original, Original, Original Plus, Discovery, Explorer and Rolling. Prices range from $25 to $50 or so. The Deluxe bookpack (aimed at kids ten and up) is 25% off right now. Free shipping.
  • Lands End: Choose from My First Backpack (toddlers), ClassMate (small through extra large), Featherlight (small through extra large), or Wheeled (medium).
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Available in Mini, Small, Large and Rolling. Non-sale prices range from around $25 to $70 with free shipping.
  • Jansport: Superbreak is a popular model for kids (around $35) and comes in over 50 colors/patterns. Available at Target, Kohls, eBags.com and other retailers.

Shopping Tips:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends lightweight packs with two wide, padded straps and a padded back.
  • Use the weight and height charts at the websites to find the bag that will work best for your child.
  • Mosts in pre-K and up will need a pack that is large enough to hold a standard sized folder. Some schools have rules against wheeled backpacks, so check before buying.
  • Other extras to look for include reflective fabric and water-resistant or waterproof fabric.
  • Expect to see deals on backpacks right up through Labor Day. Last year we saw PBK packs at up to 60% off around the 21st of August, and they were 40% off last week. Look for 25% to 35% off at Lands End and 25% off at Lands End.

I’ll be posting the best deals on backpacks throughout the next couple of months. Stay tuned!

Readers, what brands would YOU add to this list?

Related: Top 6 Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School [BC Reader Faves]

.99 Cards at Cardstore Through Sunday

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Choose from photo greeting cards, invitations, announcements and more.

You can have them mail the cards to you, or they’ll mail them to the recipients for you.

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Ends July 15.

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Extra 30% off Hanna Andersson Sale Items

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Stamdard shipping starts at $5.95.


Save an Extra 17.76% at the NoBetterDeal.com 4th of July Sale [Ergo Carriers and More]

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Right now in the baby department I’m seeing a Fisher-Price bouncer for $16.99 (before coupon), a few Ergo carriers for $69.99 to $99.99 before discount, video monitors and more.

If you’re unfamiliar with NBD, here’s the scoop: They sell surplus, liquidated, open box and refurbished items at big discounts. If you see something that looks good, go ahead and get it. There are probably only one or two of the item available.

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$10 off $50 at Ecomom with Coupon [Safer Sunscreens, Toys, More]

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Save on safer sunscreens (Badger, TruKid, etc.), toys and more.

Shipping is $5 for orders of $49 and under. Spend more and it’s free.

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Extra 40% off at Gymboree [Up to 70% Off Original Prices]

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You’ll earn Gymbucks, too– $25 worth of them for every $50 you spend.

Free shipping when you spend $75 or more. Otherwise it’s $5.

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Free Shipping at Gap, Old Navy Today [+ 40% Off at Gap, 30% Off at Old Navy]

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Combine with these codes for big savings:

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Big sales at both of these stores, too. Look for deals on pjs, school uniforms, swimwear, maternity items and more.

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