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Back to school shopping around here looks a bit different than in most households, I think. The main reason being that we go clothes shopping throughout the entire year, instead of just before school begins in the Fall. We don’t really emphasize the back-to-school trip over any others throughout the year.
Shopping for clothes and shoes, however, is always a big deal, no matter when we go. With seven kids it’s really hard to swallow a large bill upon checkout, so I am on the constant lookout for the best deals.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for items for your kiddos, no matter what time of the year you decide to update their wardrobe:
- Take inventory of your kiddos’ closets and determine what it is they really need. I’ve found that when I do this, more often than not, we don’t have to purchase as much as I had originally thought.
- Make a list of everything needed and create a budget. It’s difficult to stick to the list or budget and it’s incredibly easy to get carried away, but you’ll save tons of money if you go out with a plan and are determined to stick to the plan.
- Set limitations and boundaries. Making it clear to the kids that only certain items will be purchased, in addition to what styles may be off limits, makes the shopping trip so much better. Do this for yourself AND your kiddos.
- Sometimes it’s better to shop off season. One of these days I will be able to spend a few season’s budget in one shopping trip, so that I can shop the sales more effectively. We all know that shopping for last seasons’ items is always more affordable. That is when the sales are really great.
- Shop the sales. I always look at the sales racks first. Most of the time I can find almost all of what I need on sale. Besides, it forces me to shop for the kids so they have a layered wardrobe. Remember, kids play hard and often desire to shed those long sleeves for something cooler.
- Make it fun! While it isn’t always possible, I like to take each of my kiddos who love to shop out by themselves. At the very least, I let them choose some of the styles and colors of the items they need.
What does back-to-school shopping look like for your family?