It seems like Back to School shopping is something you either love or you dread. When it comes to school supplies, I adore checking out what’s new on the shelves each fall. But I used to avoid clothes shopping at all costs! Now I enjoy shopping for my kids but it’s so easy to get carried away so here are a few Back to School Shopping Tips that I’ve been using to keep things in check and make the task easier to get done!
Back to School Shopping Tips
Once you get to the store, it can be so easy to get caught up in everything you like. So take a bit of time before you hit the stores and try a few of these easy tips to make back to school shopping a bit easier or at least less overwhelming!
Decide on your budget and make a list of the pieces you need. Take a look in your child’s closet and dresser to see what they have and what is really needed for the new school year. If your child really only needs two new shirts, don’t worry about buying more for now (especially if your child will be shopping with you)!
Make a List
Make a list of everything you need and how many you need of each item. And don’t forget the basics like underwear and socks! Here are a few ideas for the number of each item you need to make sure you have enough to mix and match during the school week.
- 2 or 3 sweatshirts/sweaters/jackets (because you know they will get dirty and you’re bound to lose at least one!)
- 6-7 shirts
- 6-7 pairs of shorts/pants (depending on where you live) – we opt for elastic waist bands whenever we can since Weston is still young!
- Sturdy shoes
If you find items that all coordinate to some extent, you can mix and match tops and bottoms for a variety of looks throughout a school week
For items like socks, underwear, and everyday wear shirts, I always buy extra. Ee can never have enough underwear or socks! During the school year, I really don’t want to have to worry about doing big loads of laundry so having extra shirts in Westons’s drawer means we’re always prepared. He sometimes goes through a few shirts a day!
Short & Sweet
Planning ahead is a great way to keep your back to school clothes shopping trip shorter. Weston loves to help pick out new clothes for himself but he doesn’t want to shop for hours even though. So keeping it short keeps everyone happy.
Do It Early
Getting this task crossed off your to-do list earlier rather than later helps me feel more prepared. Around here I see a lot of people wait for tax-free shopping weekend but I would rather pay a bit of tax and avoid the long lines and crazy stores!
These back to school shopping tips are really just about keeping it simple when you take on the task. Take a deep breath and keep it simple. You’ll get it done!
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