For most parents, back to school time is a wonderful time of year. The kids are out of the house learning and you’ve got some more time to get things done.
However, along with the freedom that comes from sending the kids back into the classrooms comes the burden of purchasing school supplies and back to school clothes. Kids tend to grow a lot over the summer and everyone likes to start the school year with new clothes which makes back to school expensive.
Read on to discover 7 ways you can save money on your back to school shopping.
Sell Their Old Clothes
To make money for their new wardrobe, sell their old clothes first. This seems pretty self explanatory, but as long as the old outgrown clothes are in good shape, you can sell them at a consignment sale to make money to buy new clothes. eBay, Craigslist and even a garage sale are alternatives to consignment shops.
Host A Clothing Swap
You can gather up local moms and host a clothing swap with your mom friends. If you and your mom friends have kids that are the same age and roughly the same size, you can swap clothes to create new outfit possibilities. Get your kids involved and have fun trading in old fashions for new and exciting ones.
Make A Clothes Budget
Set a budget – and stick to it. Before you even step foot in the store, set a budget for your back to school shopping. If your kids are old enough, have them decide how to prioritize the budget. Do they want the fancy shoes or name-brand shirts? Maybe they put more importance on nice school supplies than clothes. Budgeting and involving the kids will keep your back to school spending in check while teaching your kids about responsible spending.
Time Your Shopping Correctly
While shopping before school starts seems like a good idea, the best sales happen in October after school has already started. If new clothes aren’t needed right away, wait until the real sales start to indulge in back to school shopping. You may even be able to score some great deals for next year if you’re good at predicting how your kids will grow.
Buy Used Clothes
Sometimes you can find clothes that have been barely worn or not worn at all at your local thrift store. Big department stores often donate clearance clothing that didn’t sell after a certain period of time. Finding out when the department stores donate can yield amazing savings on brand new clothing. Just remember to examine anything you buy carefully to look for rips, stains and patches.
Many department stores offer coupons for a percentage off your purchase or for a special price on specific items. Combine coupons with sales to get the best deals on staple items for your child’s wardrobe. You may also find coupons for school supplies online that you can print off and combine with back to school sales.
If you find a rock bottom price on school supplies, it’s time to stock up. Buy extra to last throughout the year and if you can use a coupon to get it for free, grab as many as you can and save them for the following years too.