If you're like the millions of other time-starved mothers, buying back-to-school apparel makes you anxious and wonder how you’ll accomplish it all on a tight budget. This year, take advantage of these mom-tested, time-saving suggestions to prepare your kids for back-to-school quickly and affordably.
1. Establish A Strategy
For each child, make a general back-to-school buying list and budget. Talk through the list and find out which things or brands your kids prefer. Allow them to participate in the budget trade-offs. For instance, they will need to spend less on their backpack or clothing if they desire an expensive pair of shoes. Look up such things online so that everyone is aware of the exact cost we're discussing.
2. Browse Your Closet
Yes, search through your child's wardrobe before you consider going buying. Start categorizing everything after removing everything from the closet. See how much you can mix and match by laying out a few clothes. Once you have a variety of fundamentals that could use some new parts, move tops and bottoms around. If you have smaller children, now is the ideal time to make sure that whatever big brother or big sister is giving to your tiny ones is in good condition.
Decide what can be donated and what needs to be thrown out after going through every article of clothing and removing anything that doesn't fit. You now know what clothes your child already owns. These are the foundational elements from which your shopping list will develop.
3. Online Shopping
As the summer winds down, it's time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. For many kids, that means new clothes. But with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, parents may be hesitant to take their kids to the mall or local shops. Luckily, there are plenty of great online options for back-to-school clothing shopping.
One great option is Instagram. Many small businesses have set up shops on Instagram, and they're perfect for finding unique and stylish clothes for your kids. Plus, you can support small businesses and get your shopping done from the comfort of your own home.
4. Buy in the off-season
Every season of the year, there are sales on clothing. When winter is over, keep an eye out for winter clothing such as jackets, sweaters, boots, gloves, scarves, and caps. It might be relatively cost-effective to make purchases in advance. Be cautious when making early purchases for your child if they are going through a growth spurt, or buy a size up.
5. Find Great Deals
One of my biggest struggles as a parent is making sure that we stay under the allocated spending limit. If you're looking for a great deal on clothes, online shopping is the way to go. With so many retailers competing, there are always sales and discounts to be found. And with social media sites like Instagram, it's easy to find out about sales at your favorite local shops. Back-to-school shopping can be a budget buster, but if you know where to look for deals, you can save big.
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