August signals the end of summer vacation, the excitement of a new school year, the return of a routine, and the corresponding expenses that go along with purchasing new school clothes and supplies.


When I was a child in the ‘80s, things seemed a bit more affordable. Some pencils, erasers, paper, lunchbox, binder, backpack and crayons were about all that was necessary. Nowadays, things have gotten a bit more tech-savvy and certainly more expensive.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could help defray some of the costs for you? Can you imagine what you’d do with the extra cash if there was a way to save some of your hard-earned military dollars?

Read on, because I have good news.

Win $2,100 in Electronics with the Back to School Sweepstakes

Operation In Touch (OIT) via the Unilever brand, is a website dedicated to providing special savings, coupons, recipes, beauty tips and editorial content tailored to the lives of our active military families.

Between now and September 15, OIT is hosting a Back to School Sweepstakes with a chance to win the Ultimate Grand Prize Pack – which includes a laptop, tablet and more. That’s right, the grand prize is valued at over $2,100 worth of electronics. Who wouldn’t love to have new gadgets while defraying some of the back-to-school expenditures?

In addition to the two grand prizes, over 90 other prizes are available:

GRAND PRIZE — 2 winners

Laptop, Tablet, Portable Digital Music Player, $25 iTunes® gift card

FIRST PRIZE — 15 winners


SECOND PRIZE — 30 winners

Portable Digital Music Player

THIRD PRIZE — 50 winners

$100 military store gift card

Visit the Operation In Touch website for details and enter to win! While you’re there, take a look some of their helpful military resources and offers. Be sure to like Operation In Touch on Facebook and on Pinterest for the latest ideas and updates.

While you’re on the Operation In Touch website, and have school on your mind, check out “5 Ways to Keep Your Back to School Shopping Budget In Check” for other money-savvy tips.

What Back To School Means to Mom

Let’s be honest – it’s not all about the kids. The beginning of the school year signals a shift for the military spouse. Some are sending their little one to kindergarten for the first time, while others are watching their “baby” enter their senior year.

Whether you are taking photos and tearfully hugging your child as he/she leaves, or you’re jumping for joy at the taste of freedom throughout the day, it can be an emotional ride.

So, why not take some time and do something for yourself? You’ve certainly earned it.

After you enter the Back to School Sweepstakes, take a moment to browse the Operation In Touch website for ideas of ways to treat yourself. Here are five links to get you started:

Give yourself an at-home pedicure.
Sip on a refreshing glass of Patriotic Tea Punch.
Stay positive with these inspirational quotes.
Remind yourself why military marriage rocks.
Try out new recipes over coffee with friends whose children have also returned to school.

If there is one thing that military spouses do well, it’s adapting. The start of a new school year is no different, so why not take advantage of some of the wonderful resources available?

Visit and register for e-newsletter subscriptions to receive recipes, savings, tips and more! If you are 18+, on active military duty, or have an immediate family member on active military duty, you will be entered to win a tablet, just by signing up.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Unilever & Operation in Touch via MSB New Media. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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