Here are 5 practical and easy ways to save money on your child’s school clothes. Also included are tips on how to include your children in the shopping process so they will want to save money without losing their fashion sense or style. #3 is a game changer.
Depending on where you live in the United States I’m sure you’re noticing backpacks, pencils, lunchboxes, and other school supplies dotting the aisles of your local store. The time for children to end their summer adventures and return to school is here. Whether parents are ready or not.
Time.com published an article stating in 2015, “American parents (collectively) with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will shell out $24.9 billion dollars…On average, a family with school-aged kids expects it will spend $630.36 per child. The biggest chunk of parents’ overall back-to-school budget goes to clothes, which around 93% of families buy.”
I’m not sure about you, but our family doesn’t have over $630 per child per year for clothes…and truth be told, we will NEVER spend that amount on something they won’t remember wearing even three days from now.
Yes, children grow faster than flowers and weeds. It seems when you buy your child a couple of outfits and turn around they outgrow them.
The best way to save on school clothes is to be smart about your shopping habits. These 5 tips will help you save money on school clothes. Your wallet will thank you.
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Save Money on School Clothes: 5 Money Saving Tips
1. Coupons & Apps
Before you start warming up your printer and go coupon crazy, you will want to do this one thing first. Sit down with your children and decide how many stores you want to visit and have an honest conversation of how much money each child will receive for clothing.
The key to success in back to school shopping is to include your children as much as possible. These money saving tips are easy to do by yourself. The success comes from teaching your children these principles, so they remember and become more financially responsible.
Once you decide on the stores and the amount of money, consider visiting the store’s actual website for codes, printable coupons, or other deals so you can plan the date of your trip. Other sites to visit for coupons and deals include:
- Retail Me Not – This website keeps track of a variety of stores and includes printable coupons and online coupon codes. This site also includes an app to download and carry with you when you go shopping. You can download the app by clicking HERE.
- Groupon – Groupon includes deals, coupons, and codes from a variety of stores. Groupon can also be searched pending on the area you live in as well.
- Snip Snap – This is primarily used as an app, which you can download by clicking HERE. You can search by store or by a deal, and follow other people and see what coupon’s they are using.
- Ibotta is also an amazing app that is now offering money back rewards for scanning your recipe. To learn more about iBotta and join our AMAZING team, click HERE.
As with all coupons be aware of coupon fraud. This is a serious crime and precaution needs to be taken.
2. Online vs. In-Store
I will be the first to admit that there are some incredible deals online, especially with coupon codes to increase your savings. Before shopping online, filling your cart and clicking “purchase” make sure you know the sizes of your children. I encourage you to shop in the store and try their clothes on so you know what sizes fit best.
3. Clearance Rack
Never be afraid to shop in the clearance racks. I have found some of the best (and cutest) clothes on the clearance and sale racks. There was a time when I went shopping with a friend who asked why I would buy something hanging on the clearance rack. I promptly responded, “no one is going to know. I’m not planning on wearing the tag with the outfit.”
Not all clothes on the clearance rack will be adorable, but if you shop around and look hard enough, you will find many fun, flirty, cute, and modest outfits that will be perfect for back to school.
4. Thrift Store Shopping
I love thrift stores! It will take some work to find some cute clothes, and possibly a few shopping trips, but if you spend the time and work looking, you will leave with several beautiful outfits. The best part of shopping at thrift stores is the required creativity needed to leave the store looking like a movie star.
Which, if your teenager is interested there is a long list of movie stars who choose to shop at thrift stores. For example, Drew Barrymore in 2010 was reported to wearing a dress she purchased from a thrift store for $25. She wore this dress on the red carpet.
5. Reusing Last Years Clothes
Reusing last year’s clothes is best for younger children to “shop” their older siblings outfits. My two younger sisters are less than two years apart, and they were always trading and wearing each other’s clothing. And I was always happy to hand down my clothes when I outgrew certain outfits.
No matter your budget and how you spend your money, do what you know is financially best for your family. There is wisdom in using coupons, shopping around, browsing through the clearance rack, shopping at thrift stores, and reusing clothes.
Do you have any tips or tricks to save money for your family when buying clothes? Leave a comment and let us know.