Shopping for back to school outfits is often one of the most time consuming activities, thanks to the fact that the kids need to try them on and see what they like. Here are some tips to make the process as smooth as possible.
School Dress Codes
Most schools will have certain policies in place regarding what the children are and aren’t allowed to wear to school. It goes without saying that you should check this list before buying a whole new wardrobe for your child!
Buying School Uniform
If your child wears a school uniform then there are a number of ways to save money. The best way is to go through the school and find out whether they sell second hand clothing. This is usually very well priced but still in good condition. Plus it’s eco-friendly as it stop old uniforms being wasted!
Take Advantage of Summer Sales
Stores will be full of back to school items specially chosen and sold at full price. However, take a look in other areas of the store to find the clothes in their summer sales. Although these are designed for summer and are being off sold cheap at the end of the season, some items are bound to be suitable for school and will be much cheaper! This includes short sleeved t-shirts (these can be layered in winter), accessories, underwear, jeans, socks, summer sweaters, skirts and dresses. Remember, many of these items are still useful for fall!
A Checklist For Back To School Outfits
It always helps to put together a checklist, and here’s a basic one to get you started:
* A bra for your pre-teen daughter,
* A couple of pairs of pants,
* Skirt for girls,
* Two pairs of shoes,
* Waterproof boots,
* Coats suitable for all seasons,
* Accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves for winter.
Remember, before you make your checklist you’ll want to take a thorough inventory of what you already have. Repair things that only have minor problems, and reuse as much as possible.
Shopping For Back to School Outfits With Your Child
You’ll want to bring your child with you when you’re shopping, but it can bring up a few issues. They will inevitably want more than you can afford or want to buy. To help deal with this, talk to them about how much you’re going to spend before they go. Set limits as to how many special items you’ll allow them to choose, and let them know that if they want to spend extra on one thing they’ll have to sacrifice on something else. And remember, if you force your child to get clothes they really don’t like, they might end up refusing to wear them!