Schools are starting up all over the country. I can’t believe my son starts preschool in just a few weeks. It’s time to go shopping now for school clothes and this mama is on the look out for good deals. Here are some tips that have helped me.
1. Set a budget. Chances are you don’t “need” a lot of clothes. Most of what your child was wearing a few months ago will still fit and are still seasonable. Don’t feel like you need to get them a whole new wardrobe. Just a few new things will probably suffice.
2. Skip the name brands. I was a teen once for about 5 years and I understand the need for name brands, but if your child(ren) don’t care, skip them. Stores like Wal-Mart and Target have amazing deals and with a ton of savings. I know that the other 3-year-olds in my son’s class won’t care that his shorts are from Target.
3. Go to the thrift stores. Don’t be scared of these little jewels! I can’t tell you how many times I have found brand new clothing at thrift stores. Don’t want your kids to know, don’t take them! Even the used clothing there has tags! Some older teens are really into thrift store shopping so include them if they are into it.
4. Think ahead! Summer clothes will be going on sale soon so it’s a good time to plan for your child’s next size for next summer.
5. Swap clothes with friends or try consignment stores. In my experience, consignment stores generally have better quality items than thrift or second hand stores. A lot of them will allow you to bring your older clothes in for store credit. Then you’ll have money to spend on new(er) items.
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