We all want to save money on back to school clothes for our kids. These are ideas to help you do just that.
Back to school season is upon us. It is expected that the average family will spend more than $670 on all of those supplies, clothing and other items that are needed! That can really hit the budget!!!
While most of us know how to find the deals for the school supplies, what can you do to save money on back to school clothes? Simple. We’ve got some easy tips you can follow below to help you get the most out of your school clothing budget!
Other helpful articles to for Back to School:
- Saving Money on Your Back to School Supplies
- Using Consignment Stores to Save on School Clothes
- 2017 Back to School Tax Free Shopping Weekends
Catch our FUN video sharing back to school planning with my own kids!!
1. Shop at home first
Before you head out, take a look at your child’s closet and drawers. Have him or her try on those clothes to see if they still fit or not. You might find that the shorts and tees will work for a while and you do not need to purchase those. However, the tennis shoes may be completely worn out and you need to purchase them.
As you do this, make a list of what you need, including the sizes, so you know what to buy when you shop. There is nothing worse than picking up a pair of jeans for your child, to realize that he or she did not only not need them, but you picked up the wrong size!
This might also afford you the chance to wait to shop. If your child doesn’t need any new clothes to start the year, you might be able to wait for a month or so, which might help your budget! There is no rule that says kids have to have all new clothes to start the school year out, right? 😉
We have a FREE Back to School Shopping List you can use. Just print one out and fill it out for your kids.
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2. Shop Thrift Stores
You can sometimes find amazing items at second hand (or thrift) stores. Sometimes, kids outgrown clothes long before they wear out. This can be a great way to find some deals on items (especially if you need something for only a few months).
3. Stay at Home
Oftentimes, you can find online coupon codes to save on your purchase. If you are lucky enough, you may even score free shipping with either another code or by hitting a purchase minimum. This not only helps you save money, but can help avoid those crowds (and even save on fuel costs).
It can also be great to order items for your kids to try on at home. Then, if they do not fit, you can return them to your local store instead of mailing them back. This way, you can get in and out of the store very quickly! I’m all about spending as little time in a store as possible (avoids tempting impulse purchases).
4. Put your Phone to Work
There are many great apps you can download to help you find coupons and discounts. One of my favorites is CouponSherpa. They have retail coupons which you can pull up right at checkout. The cashier will scan your phone and you can save – without having to clip a thing before you leave!
5. Shop The Sales Tax Holiday
Many states offer a sale’s tax holiday to help reduce the burden to families. We pay nearly 9% for sales tax where I live, so that can add up to significant savings when we shop over that weekend. Find out if your state is participating by reviewing our 2017 Sales Tax Holiday Shopping Schedule.
6. Clothing Swap
Find friends who have kids who might be a size larger or smaller than your kids and do a swap! You set up a swap party with your friends and ask each person to bring no more than 10 – 12 items. Then, you all enjoy snacks and drinks, while you visit and catch up. Then, you start taking turns and “shop” from what one another brings to the party. This way, you get rid of clothes that do not fit and can go home with some which do! You can then donate the left over articles to a thrift store or charity.
7. Recycle Clothes
Just because you have a short sleeved shirt doesn’t mean you can’t wear it in the winter. Just add a long sleeved tee underneath and you’ve got something new for fall and winter! It is a simple way to extend the life on a favorite shirt.
8. Shop clearance
It is still warm outside (and will be for a few more months). Believe it or not, you can find clearance deals on shorts and tees, which is what your kids will start out wearing initially anyhow. This is a great way to pick up a few items to start off the school year. That also allows you time to see discounts and deals on the other items they might need later in the season.
9. Always shop off-season
This is one you might not be able to do right at this moment, however, when you shop ahead for the next season you can save. For example, winter items are always put on clearance in January (which never makes any sense to me). If you can find jeans, coats or other items, pick them up one or two sizes larger for your kids and hold onto them for the following winter.
10. Keep your budget in check
Sure, your kids might want the $150 sneakers, but if your budget is set at a $50, stick to it. They might think it is the end of the world if they don’t have the best, but you need to make sure you don’t overspend.
If your child want something at a higher price than what you are willing to pay, you can always allow them to cover the difference. They might just learn that they really don’t want that item as badly as they thought, when they have to cough up the cash for it.