August 17th, 2010

Back to School Means Back to Routine

Money-saving tips for families as September approaches

Going back to school means getting back to routine for many Canadian families. Summer vacations are winding down, days are becoming shorter and afterschool sports, dance and arts activities are being scheduled. Budget-minded families are also looking for items that can have a dual purpose for home use and for their children’s school needs.

In the home, families can look at building networks and using routers to share information and the Internet. The Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Router is a 4-port EtherFast Switch with multiple configuration options and acts as an external device on your LAN network. The D-Link Wireless N Router 4 Port Router provides parental controls to supervise Internet activity and provides Firewall protection for your network.

Wireless networks provide shared printing stations for students and their families. The Epson WorkForce 520 All-In-One Printer provides easy wireless printing with smudge, fade and water resistant documents through the 30-page Auto Document Feeder. The Kodak ESP Office 6150 All-in-One Printer features a high-capacity paper tray that holds up to 200 pages, perfect for university papers and work documents, and can scan multiple pictures simultaneously.

Families looking for top performance programs may consider upgrading to Microsoft Office 2010. This suite provides working professionals and students with enhanced working skills. Word 2010 gives you powerful writing tools to help you create outstanding documents. Use new and improved SmartArt® graphics, dynamic text effects and photo-editing tools to expand your creative possibilities, then store, edit and share your work easily on the web.

When it comes to netbooks and notebooks, the London Drugs’ line of computers, Certified Data, is a great option for families. The small and lightweight Certified Data U10IL1 Netbook is perfect for receiving your email on the go, as well as taking notes in class. Assembled in Canada, the netbook weights only 1.2 kg and features a 160GB SATA hard drive. Students seeking more memory may consider the Certified Data CX600 T6500 Laptop with its 500GB SATA hard drive and 4GB DDR2 RAM (4GB Max) memory. This 16-inch display laptop features Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. When travelling from home to work or school, be sure to protect your laptop with a wide variety of netbook and notebook sleeves and bags, available at London Drugs.

Business and scientific students will require a calculator to assist in their assignments. The TI Scientific 2-line TI-30X IIS Solar Calculator combines statistics and advanced scientific functions and is an affordable calculator for the classroom. The 2-Line display helps students explore math and science concepts. The Texas Instruments Financial Calculator is ideal for finance, accounting, economics, investment, statistics, and other business classes.

Arts students will find the use of a graphic tablet assists in unleashing their creativity. The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet turns your computer into the ultimate editing tool and gives you the ability to paint, draw, edit, and personalize your documents with handwritten notes, sketches, and doodles.

Students can transfer documents from home to school computers with a Transcend USB JetFlash Drive with capless design and a sliding USB connector. USB Drives are available in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your project.

University students that are keen to take notes in class will find the Olympus 2GB Digital Voice Recorder useful with its 2GB of internal memory for 533 hours of recording time. Both MP3 & WMA formats are available in the multi-format record and playback mode. The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen has a Sleek ergonomic design with anodized aluminum housing for its 2GB of internal memory for over 200 hours of recording time.

Families can keep in touch as often as they want with an unlimited text and talk plan with the newly launched Chatr Wireless. Four different models provide family members with an opportunity to choose a phone that is right for them without a contract. See your in-store London Drugs expert to find out more and to set up Chatr. Only available in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

One other thing about getting back to routine is getting back to a regular wake up time. To aid in getting up on time, there are a variety of alarm clocks for families. The simple Sony AM/FM Clock Radio features a 9-inch LED display. Wake up with an alarm, radio or your iPod with the Sony Clock Radio with iPod Docking Station. The compact design with large display is perfect for any bedside table or desk and includes remote control. Darker mornings can become brighter with the Philips Wake-up Light Alarm Clock. Gently wake to FM radio or 4 wake-up sounds that gradually rise in volume as the light slowly intensifies 30 minutes prior to your pre-set wake up time.

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