This is the time when parents and children are shopping for back to school. While children are looking at their favorite styles and trying to impress their friends, many parents are looking at their shopping dollars and wondering how far they will stretch. In an effort to keep returning students happy with their new looks and help parents stay within their shopping budgets, these tips may help.
Before you begin shopping, sit down with your child and make a list. Young children often tend to focus on a new Minion backpacks and overlook underwear, socks and sneakers. This is a good time to teach them to think about everything they are going to need, not just one or two trendy pieces. Juniors and young men tend to want the newest looks, and sometimes have earned their own money to purchase them. If boots and a hoodie with headphones are paramount, let them use their own money to purchase them. While trendy and cool, these items are not essentials. Teach young people to prioritize by making detailed lists together.
Go through the closet and drawers and see what really needs to be updated or replaced and what could last through another year. You may be surprised to find pieces that have been overlooked and are as good as new at the back of the closet or the bottom of the drawer. Then, consider what will work with pieces children already own that still fit well. There’s no need to buy new jeans if your child already has four or five pair that are in good condition. Spend your shopping dollars on tees, shirts and scarves that can be worn with them to update their looks.
Smart shopper have been picking up back to school bargains since last spring and stashing them away. Spring and summer clearance sales are the best time to get the lowest possible prices on brand new apparel and accessories. If your children are young and growing rapidly, buy clothing a size too large so they can grow into it. Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be a mad rush during the first two weeks of August. Try making it a year-round venture, keeping an eye out for clearance sales and special promotions whenever they occur. Spending five or ten dollars now and then is much easier than spending several hundred dollars all at once.
Back to school is the perfect time to teach children of all ages a valuable lesson in recycling. Not only does recycling lessen our carbon footprints; it also saves money. Check consignment shops for back to school bargains. The prices will generally be about one-third of the original price and you’ll be able to get quality name brand apparel and shoes. Roundabouts Consignments has like-new and gently used clothing for students of all ages and Plato’s Closet offers teens an opportunity to save on style and to earn money selling on consignment.
Hopefully these suggestions will be helpful in your back to school shopping. It’s never easy or inexpensive, but as you master new skills and work with your child to learn, list and prioritize, it will get easier and more affordable each year.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~