Are you a parent? Get in here and read these important tips on how to save money as kids prepare to go back to school.
Although school has already started, it doesn’t mean you can’t save money on new back-to-school clothes for your kids. With boys and girls quickly growing out of their tops, pants, shoes, and dresses from previous seasons, now is the time to stock up on fall and winter essentials to get them through the beginning of the year.
Here are 7 tips to help you save money on stylish new school clothes.
October and November are the best times to shop…
You have probably been back-to-school shopping in August, thinking you were getting the best deals. But, in reality, October and November are the months you should be hitting the malls and online boutiques.
…Especially for denim
Since new denim jean styles hit shelves at the end of summer, they start becoming discounted once October rolls around. Since jeans are a classic fall wardrobe staple, hold off on buying them until leaves start falling off the trees.
Hit up online marketplaces
Popular online marketplaces like eBay and Poshmark offer new and gently used clothing items. You can find even find designer brands listed for sale at half price. And some sellers list items in bulk, so you can buy a lot of sweaters at a reasonable price. But remember to read the terms carefully, as returns may not be accepted, and check the shipping prices.
Clip those coupons
Ok, coupons aren’t clipped anymore, but they are available at most retail stores. Make sure you sign up for your favorite stores’ email lists as they usually send subscriber list coupons via email. Retail store credit cardholders could also earn extra discounts when shopping. While most stores accept coupons shown on your mobile phone, there may be a few that do not, so make sure to print them out if needed.
Download shopping apps
There are plenty of apps that allow you to search to find out if the store you are shopping at has any coupons available. Coupon Sherpa and Shopkick are just two apps that can help you save money.
Don’t be tempted
If you know a store sells clothing at the higher end of your budget, don’t go in. You don’t want to be tempted to purchase something that is out of your price range. Remember kids grow up quickly, so they may not even fit into that $100 top in the new year. Besides, you could spend the savings on some essentials for yourself!
Head to the back of the store
That is where most sales racks are located. And it’s where you can find quality items for a fraction of the original price. Always look for on-trend items on sales racks first. You don’t want to be spending a lot on an item that be out of style in a few months.
These are just a few of the ways you can save money while shopping for back-to-school clothing for your kids.