6 tips on how to save on back to school clothing
According to the National Retail Federation, the average family with school-age children will spend an average of $230.85 on fall sweaters, denim and other chic pieces of attire. Wondering how you can spend less? Here are 6 tips that will save you some cash:
1. Take Inventory – Before you ever head out shopping, the first thing to do is evaluate your children’s current clothing and consider what you have and what you need. Check what still fits and if you have any hand me down clothing from other children. This will cut down on the number of items on your to-buy list. You can then allocate your clothing budget across the remaining items you need to purchase.
2. Repurpose – Consider if any current clothing can be repurposed. Girl’s dresses that are too short can often be worn as a tunic once you add some leggings. Short sleeve graphic tees can be worn all year round. Just add a long sleeve shirt underneath and it transitions to cooler weather.
3. Shop Early – Don’t wait until the typical August back to school clothing sales, instead take advantage of the sales year round to get amazing discounts on children’s clothing. If you are looking for a cute first day of school outfit, remember that it will most likely still be warm on the first day, so pick up a cute outfit at a fraction of the price during summer sales.
4. Shop Late – For cooler weather clothing, wait for sales and discounts that usually occur in late September or October. This also gives kids an opportunity to figure out what the styles are before you go all out and discover that the clothes you splurged on are “soooo last season.”
5. Shop Online With Coupon Codes – Use coupon codes on clothing for discounts and free shipping. Your best savings will be when you stack an online coupon code on top of a sale price. When you do that, you can usually find in-season clothing for 50% off or more!
6. Consider Gently Used Clothing – Ebay, online used clothing stores or local resale stores are great options as well. Sometimes you can even find items that still have the price tag on them. (You could sell some of your outgrown clothing to fund this year’s purchases as well)
Melissa Buckles is the founder of BargainShoppermom.com where she loves to help others learn how to save money and live well. She sometimes isn’t frugal but she rarely pays full price. She is also a Savings.com DealPro and teaches Savings Nation workshops that help people learn how to save up to 50% off their grocery bills.