The stiffness of a new pair of jeans, the whiteness of a new pair of shoes, and that “fresh off the rack” smell of a new shirt are all childhood memories I have of the first day of school. Parents all across the United States buy their kids a new wardrobe for the new school year just because that’s what they’ve always done. I used to be one of those parents, and then determine later that my child has more clothes than they need which made me think about how much I had overspent.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Using just a few tricks, I get my son dressed for success for a new school year without breaking my bank account.
Step 1: Clean out the Closets
Before doing any shopping, I go through my son’s closet and drawers and remove all items that he may no longer like, no longer fit, or are worn out.
Step 2: Garage Sale
End of summer is a great time to have a garage sale. Other parents are going through the same process of looking for clothes for their own growing children and school clothes will be a hot garage sale item even after school starts. This will put extra cash in your pocket for needed school wardrobe purchases.
Step 3: Second Hand Sale
Once the garage sale is over, I take the clothes that are left to a second hand store and see what they will buy from me. This will further line my pockets with funds.
Step 4: Donate
Whatever is left after that goes directly to a donation center, and I never forget the receipt so that I can get a tax deduction for my donation.
Step 5: Evaluate
Since my children’s closets and drawers now efficiently contain only items they like, and that fit them, I can evaluate what they have, and what they need. I then make a list of what I need to buy, and how many.
Step 6: Shop!
Look for sales that give “store cash” back on purchases. This store cash can be used for a later purchase. Buy some clothes now, then use the “cash” later to buy (and save) more later.
Buy only what’s needed now in order to to spread the spending out. My son will for the most part still be wearing shorts in September and October. Thus I don’t need to buy a full complement of long sleeved shirts and jeans for another month or two.
By following the above steps, I not only get rid of a ton of clothes that we no longer have any use for, but it puts extra cash in my wallet before I even set foot in a store. Once I do go shopping I have a clear plan, and never buy more than what is needed.
How do you get the kids’ wardrobe in tip top shape for school?
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