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7 Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

7 Tips for Back-to-School Shopping


Yes, I realize that it is early August. However, if you have been in a store recently, you have seen that it is also time to get ready for Back-to-School. Yes . . . they are going back. I must confess, that I LOVE Back-to-School shopping . . . clothes, supplies, shoes . . . love it.

Today, to help you get prepared and hopefully save a little money, I am sharing my Top 7 Tips to get you ready for Back-to-School shopping for your kids.

Ready?

  1. Measure your kids. Most likely, they grew over the summer. Take some measurements, try on last year's pants and determine what their current sizes are.
  2. Clean out drawers and closets. Once you know what size your kids are, you know what fall/winter clothes will no longer fit. Pack them up to hand down, donate or consign.
  3. Take out anything you bought at last year's end-of-season sales. If you are like me, you forget about them. Time to go through the long-sleeved T-shirts, sweat pants and jeans you bought at the beginning of spring from all those great clearance sales.
  4. Assess your needs. After clearing out the stuff that doesn't fit, and seeing what you already have, it's easier to see what you need.
  5. Make a list. Let me say that again, Make a list. Put it in your phone, so it's always with you for those pre-season sales that will be starting soon.
  6. Look through current styles with your kids. Take out a catalog or browse some sites online to get a feel for the styles and colors your kids are "into" right now. It will make it possible to make purchases without them being with you with a higher rate of success.
  7. Keep your climate in mind. Don't be tempted by all the fall layouts of sweaters and seven layers. To save some money, if it will be warm until late fall in your area, stock up on polo shirts and Ts – they are on sale right now, and your child can hopefully pull them back out when springtime comes.

What do you do to get yourself ready for Back-to-School shopping?

Hillary Chybinski is a crafty mom of 2 boys living the American Dream with her husband in the Philly burbs. This post was adapted from her blog, My Scraps.

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Outstanding Delaware Valley mom and dad bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

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Trish Adkins, Yoke
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