If you didn’t get a chance to read it, last week, I wrote about saving on school supplies.
First let me say, that it is NOT necessary to buy your child a ton of clothes for back to school. A new outfit for the first day might be nice, but if their clothes still fit, you shouldn’t go out and buy a ton of new ones. I only buy myself a new dress for open house and occasionally hit the clearance racks for essentials during the year, but then again, I am not a growing child.
As a teacher let me also say this, the most important thing that my students can have is a nice pair of comfortable tennis shoes. Recess and gym are so much easier when this is the case!
- Yard Sales. I just finished with my yard sale, and although I didn’t have any kids clothes, you can find great items at these. There are about 4-5 more weeks of great yard sales this summer, and I think you will be surprised at the deals you can find.
- Once Upon A Child and other consignment stores. These are a little more expensive than yard sales, but I have seen clothing with the tags still on very often in these types of stores. You can find clothes for all seasons here too.
- Thrift Stores and Goodwill. These are great cheap options. INSIDER TIP: Ask the cashier which day of the week they put out new merchandise. This can help you decide which day to shop, because the best items will be there on that day.
- Clearance racks. Kids can be hard to shop for on clearance racks, because you never know what size they will be the next year. But sometimes, you can catch the clearance items to finish up the season. Kmart, Walmart, Kohl’s and Old Navy all have great clearance racks for kids most of the time.
- Coupon Sales. Gymboree and Kohl’s both have great coupon sales, as well as many other stores. Watch out for these special offers, and you can save a ton. Check out EBATES and Shop AT Home for coupon codes and cash back on back to school shopping.
- Hand Me Downs. Do you have friends or family with kids older than your own? This makes a perfect opportunity for Hand Me Downs. Many times kids grow out of their clothes so fast that this is ideal. The clothes are still good, and someone you know can use them.
What is your best tip for shopping for back to school clothes?
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