Back to School Clothing Shopping Tips

Back to School Clothing Shopping
Back to School Clothing Shopping

Many parents dread back to school time because of fights with their tweens over clothing shopping.  Using these simple tips, you can have a stress-free shopping experience.

Tip #1: Look through Your Tweens Current Wardrobe – Go through your kid’s closet and see what’s already in there.  Donate or discard items that don’t fit or are worn out and get a sense for what can be worn in the new school year.

Tip #2:  Discuss Shopping Strategies – Before you head out to the mall, sit down and talk with your child about what new back to school clothing items are on their must have list and what is on the need list.  They will naturally want the coolest new looks, and designer labels, but you may be thinking more about a basic pair of blue jeans.

Tip #3: Make a Shopping List – Make two lists – once of items your tween needs and one of the things she wants.  Then allocate your overall budget to the wants vs. the needs.  Your tween can pick out her own back to school clothes from her wants, but when her portion of the budget is all used up, it’s gone.

Back to school shopping can be filled with tension between you and your tween, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips above and you can have an easy clothes shopping experience this year.

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Saving On Back To School Clothes Shopping For Tweens

Save on Back to School Clothes for Tweens
Save on Back to School Clothes for Tweens

It’s back to school clothes shopping time. And that means most tweens are eager to hit the mall to check out and buy the latest styles.  You however have a budget to stick to.  So how can you save on clothes shopping this year?  Follow these tips for a budget friendly back to school shopping spree.

  • Go Second Hand – Don’t be afraid to check out thrift shops and consignment stores, especially ones that specialize in children’s clothing.  You will be surprised at the quality of clothes and you may even find things with the original price check on it.  While this season’s latest styles may not be there, you might find some great deals on classics like jean jackets, coats and sweaters.
  • Love those Hand Me Downs – Don’t limit yourself to the kids in your family.  Create a network of friends with slightly older (or bigger) kids who would be willing to pass along last year’s styles.  This way you’ll get gently used clothes that aren’t too out of date.
  • Go Virtual – Use the internet to bargain shop.  If your tween finds a must have item in a magazine or a store, go online and try to locate it on sale or with some other incentives, like BOGO (by one, get one free).
  • Basics Stock Up – Just like you wouldn’t pass up a great deal at the grocery store, keep an eye out for a chance to stock up on basic wardrobe items like tees, tanks and stocks.  You may find these throughout the year, or at end of season sales.  This way you will have the simple items covered and you can  allocate your clothing budget for more of the items your children really want.

The fall means back to school clothing shopping time.  By following these tips above, you can be sure your budget will stretch a lot farther.

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