Back to School Bootcamp: Savvy Clothes Shopping
The stats are shocking - according to a recent survey, parents are estimating they are going to spend an average of $688.62 on back-to-school stuff, with the biggest chunk of it being spent on clothes. They say $246.10 worth of new duds will be bought (second highest amount is estimated at $217.88 on gadgets - guess a ton of kids are getting iPads?).
Sigh. Folks, that is just an average, which means some may be spending more than that. Whether you have $75 to spend or $500, you want to make wise purchases. And we all know when it comes to clothes and our kids, it can be a tough shopping day. Want some ways to make it go a little easier and not go overbudget? Here you go:
-- Check out the closet and those drawers before you go. Really inspect what he has, that still is in good shape and fits. You may find he's all-good with socks and short-sleeve shirts, but is in desperate need for a lighter jacket. Looking over what you what you have and what you don't will prevent you of buying stuff you don't need to buy.
-- Write it down. Nothing makes you stick to your budget better than having a list. After you check the closet, write down what you need AND what you don't need (we all need that reminder). Then sit with your kids - have them make that list with you and look it over so everyone is on the same page when at the mall.
-- Focus on the basics and what they will actually use. You may really want her to wear dresses and would love to buy a bunch of skirts, but if they hang in the closet unused, that is wasted money. Pick your battles and really concentrate your spending on the basics like jeans and shirts.
-- Help her jazz up those basics with accessories. Maybe cool bracelets and scarfs. They are less money and can transform her basic shirt-jean combo into something really stylish.
-- Beware of buying too much. She may love that one shirt and wants to get it in every color, but will it be too short once that growth spurts hits in a month?
-- Hold off buying everything at once. Again, wait until she's been in school a couple of weeks and get the rest. Styles may have gone on sale, and she can see what she actually does find herself wearing a lot.
Are your kids into clothes? Is it tough to do back-to-school shopping? What is the main thing you are buying this year?