It may seem a little early for back-to-school but school clothes can be a large expense, especially if you have more than one child. It’s better to prepare early if you want to get the most savings. As a parent, you may even be wondering how you’re going to make ends meet. The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune. There are great ways to budget shop for school clothes.
1. Start Shopping Early
You don’t have to wait until the official back to school shopping season begins. The earlier you start, the easier it is to find great deals. You can also find a lot of clearance items when summer stuff starts to go on sale. This is a great time to stock up on tee shirts, shorts, tank tops, etc.
2. Set a Budget
First things first. You need to set an honest, doable budget. Break this budget down into smaller budgets for each child. For example, you’re going to spend a lot less on your preschooler’s clothes than your middle school aged child. You can then break each budget down into how much you want to spend for each category, such as pants, socks and underwear, and shirts.
3. Look at What Your Kids Already Have
Your kids may have many pieces they can wear again. Buy new pieces that will work with these pieces to save a lot of money. This will also help you determine where you need to focus your budget. For example, if your kids have several pairs of pants that are in great condition and still fit, you can focus more on shorts, tee shirts, and tops.
4. Make a List
Once you know what your kids have on hand, make a list of everything you need to buy. When you have a list, you can start looking at sales to determine the best price on what’s needed. If you don’t have a list, it can be easy to see a great sale on something and grab it, but not really need it. Make a list and stick to it.
5. Hit the Big Box Stores
Walmart, Kmart, and Target are all great places to find socks, underwear, and other basic items. You’ll often find great deals on socks and underwear in the weeks leading up to the start of school. The best part is that you can also find bonus packs for the same price as the smaller packs.
6. Check the Deals at Department Stores
Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to check department stores. Department stores often have amazing deals. It might be buy one get one free on jeans or buy one top and get two free. Also don’t forget to check the clearance sections.
7. Sign up for Newsletters
You’ll be amazed at the deals you can find just by signing up for newsletters from your favorite (or your child’s favorite) online stores. You’ll be notified of special sales and coupon savings that can help you make the most of your budget while still buying items that your child will want to wear.
You don’t have to break the bank to buy school clothes. Whether you shop based on what your kids already have or check for great deals in department stores, you can save money.