It’s that time of year again when the kids are heading back to school. They of course are going to want some new clothes for the year. Which means a very stressful time for most parents. Most parents dread shopping for school clothes because of the packed parking lots, the crowds, and the kids. However, just because it is time to shop for school clothes does not mean you have to have the stress. These eight rules will keep you from maxing out your patience and your credit card.
1. Make a list:
Leave the aspirin at home by making a list before you head out to the mall. Write down what the kids need and their sizes. Stick to this list and don’t stray from it.
2. Window Shop:
A week before you start buying school clothes, have the kids “window shop” online at some of their favorite stores. Once that is done search compassion shops to see who has the best deal. Check on Sundays for fliers that have sales going on or check your favorite shopping blogs. Finding a sale is the key to saving money.
3. Avoid the crowds:
Instead of planning the school shopping trip on a Saturday then make it on a weeknight after dinner. Choose one or two nights during the week such as a Wednesday or Thursday night. The benefits will be that you avoid the larger crowds and you can have the “get in and get out” attitude because you know that the mall will be closing soon.
4. Learn to compromise: This one isn’t the simplest rule to follow. Kids get their fashion inspiration from celebrities but let’s face it, the styles that the celebs wear are not always school appropriate. Teach kids what is acceptable for school and what is not. When your daughter holds up that sequined top you will be able to tell her yes but it is not to be worn for school. You got to meet them half way on some stuff or you will have a fight on your hands.
5. Shop for the essentials first:
Kids are a fickle bunch of people. They may like the clothes they have picked out until school starts; and then they come home with a list of must-haves because of peer pressure. Avoid these situations by only getting the essential clothes first. Once they come home with their must have list write it down, along with their sizes, and get them when you see sales on your own. Remember that if you do buy everything all at once, keep the tags on the clothes and keep all of the receipts. This is just in case they do have second thoughts about the clothes.
6. Pre-shop and save:
Before heading out to the mall, have the kids go through their closets and sell their old clothes for cash. This is so they will be able to help pay for their new clothes.
Instead of heading straight to the mall, head over to a consignment shop. Consignment shops are not like thrift stores because they are more selective on the clothes that they receive. Plus some of them cater to the kids and teen only. This could save you big money. They usually have their prices set at reasonable prices.
7. Get rewarded: Ask about frequent buyer cards at the stores that you visit the most. This will help you to earn future savings or discounts with every purchase.
8. Shop where kids can be kids: Shop at a place where a kid can get excited about shopping because you really can shop for clothes where the clothes are school appropriate but does not break the bank. Check out some of the sources where the kids can be kids: The Children’s Place, JcPenney, L.L. Bean. These are just some of the resources that helps you shop for sales.
Shopping for school clothes does not have to be one major headache. In fact, it can be a rewarding experience for both you and your kids. These rules should help you cut down on some of the stress. It really depends on the person and where they shop at for their kids school clothes.