If you are anything like me you have recently been thinking about back-to-school shopping for your children, and more specifically, how you’re going to replace all of those clothes they outgrew this summer without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas on how to bargain shop for school clothes.
1. Shop secondhand. Okay so if you read this blog at all you probably knew that was coming. I’m a huge fan of shopping secondhand items. You can often find brand new, or like new items, for a fraction of the cost. Scour your local thrift and consignment stores, garage sales, church rummage sales, Craigslist, and eBay.
2. Get an email account specifically for online shopping and sign up for mailing lists for your favorite online shops and actually read the emails. Often times you will receive discount codes or sale notices that will help you save money.
3. Always look for a discount code before online shopping even if you don’t want to receive the email updates. There are several websites that you can check for online and printable coupons before you shop. Some of these sites include slickdeals.net, retailmenot.com, couponcabin.com and fatwallet.com.
3. Shop off-season. This won’t help you save for clothes your children will need this fall, but if you can think ahead now you can pick up what they will need for next spring and summer on clearance. If you find a super deal also consider stocking up for the next year or two.
4. Gather your friends and neighbors with children and host a clothing swap. Have everyone bring their gently used children’s clothing they no longer need and let everyone “shop” each other’s outgrown and unwanted clothing.
5. Shop your own closets. If you have multiple children of the same gender, like I do, you probably save outgrown clothes to pass down among siblings. I often forget to check and see what I already have saved that can now be used and spend money I don’t really need to.
6. Speaking on hand-me-downs don’t be afraid to accept offers from co-workers, friends, and family members with children. You may feel odd at first but remember you are doing them a favor as well! Most people can’t wait to get rid of the items they can no longer use and have them out of their way!
6. Sign up for your local freecycle group at freecycle.org. You may be able to score clothes for your children that cost absolutely nothing but a little bit of gas money to go and pick them up.
7. Recycle your children’s outgrown clothing into something new to wear. There are tons of tutorials online on how to do this. For example does your daughter have a pair of jeans that are too short but still fit in the waist? Search your favorite search engine for how to turn a pair of jeans into a denim skirt! You can also find ways to turn clothing into unique and stylish accessories such as tote bags, necklaces, pencil pouches and more!
How do you like to save on back-to-school clothes shopping? I would love to hear your ideas! Please leave a comment and let us know your bargain hunting tips!