Children and parents often look forward to the start of a new school year. But before the first homeroom takes place, parents may need to take their students clothes shopping.
During the back-to-school season, American households spend $27.6 billion, which is second only to the holiday season in regard to the most lucrative times for retailers. Apparel is a large part of back-to-school shopping. Many parents find they need to outfit their kids with a new wardrobe each year. Jeans and leggings that fit like a glove in June may only reach mid-calf by Labor Day. To make the shopping process less harried and more productive, parents can employ these strategies.
Go through kids’ wardrobes and see what can be salvaged and what might need to go. This is the perfect opportunity to put aside gently used, outgrown items that may be passed on to someone else who can use them. Be sure to make a list of any items that the school requires, particularly in regard to uniforms or dress codes. By knowing what’s in stock in the closet, you’ll have a clear idea of what you need to buy.
Sign up for loyalty programs
If yours is a child who prefers certain brands, sign up early in the year for such brands’ loyalty clubs. You may be privy to discounts and sale advertisements before the general public.
Get enough to get by
While certain clothing sales happen between July and August, oftentimes the real savings begin in October, according to the budgeting resource Money Crashers. Wait until that time to buy the bulk of kids’ school clothes. After all, the first weeks of school are usually warm, and summer clothing will still suffice with a few new items thrown in to freshen up wardrobes.
Invest in quality shoes
Sneakers and other shoes can be expensive. However, investing in quality brands can help you avoid having to buy shoes frequently. Watch for shoe sales and stock up on coupons. Many stores offer “buy-one, get-one half off” during the back-to-school season.