Unlike Grahm and Casey in 5K and 4K (where the teacher buys all the supplies and we pay her back), Belle has to buy her own supplies and write her name on everything. I cannot tell you how nice it was to have labels (and cute ones at that!) to just stick on her supplies and be done. Last year I had to label her things with a pen, and it was a pain and time consuming. Having labels definitely cut down on the time. And also, Belle was able to help me. She probably could have labeled all her supplies on her own, but then I think she would've gone a little crazy with them. It was actually fun to put the labels on, just because they are fun to look at. The Ultimate Back to School combo is $42. Ouch, I know, but it is actually a really good deal because you get quite a few labels. You get 40 skinny-minis (these are for supplies, thermos, etc.), 50 tag mates (these are for clothing), 16 shoe labels, and 2 teeny tags. Even after labeling all her supplies and some clothes and shoes, she still has some labels left over. I have even put one on her thermos and lunch box. Really, the sky is the limit! The only complaint I have with this combo is that it doesn't include a bag tag. You would really think that including a tag for the backpack would be a given with an "ultimate" school combo. Yes, I could use one of the teeny tags, but they are too small for such a big object that you don't even notice it. I tried.
Overall, they are a really high quality product. They aren't flimsy little stickers or anything. They feel sturdy (if that makes any sense) and adhere quite well. It's nice that I can throw things in the dishwasher or washing machine, and know that the tag won't start peeling off or fading. Oh, and I want to mention that if you spend $100 (before taxes, shipping, and discounts), you get a free pack of their new "write-away" labels. They look really cute, and I think they would be nice for big families so that you can just erase the name and write a different name if they share items.
*I was given the Ultimate Back to School Combo and Preschool Shoe Labels from Mabel's Labels in exchange for an honest review.*