School clothes time

I always looked forward to Back to School clothes shopping when I was a kid. My mom did a lot of layaways back then as well. Of course, very few stores offer layaway any more. Which is sad.

Right now, with the recession, many people aren't going to be able to afford new school clothes or their budgets are super tight and stretching them to include new clothes might be near impossible. Between getting school supplies and all the different fees and other out of pocket expenses that all need to be paid for the school year, it is a large drain on the wallet.

Since starting back to school takes place when the weather is still warm, put off buying new winter clothes until the end of September or October when the sales start up. Buy the clearanced summer clothes now for a few new things to start the year with. Summer clothes are being clearanced from 75%-90% right now. It just makes more sense to purchase the warmer weather clothes now for the first month or two of school. I know this doesn't work for everyone because many school require uniforms. How about a few other options?

* Yard Sales are still in full swing right now. Start thinking of clothes that your kids will need when you stop at one.

* Thrift stores can hold little surprises when it comes to clothes. Start stopping at them regularly to see what new items they get in.

* Check out Craigslist or Ebay. You might just snag some good deals there. Other people are trying to make a little extra money right now and are selling some of the clothes they no longer need. Quite often many people will have items for sale that are still brand new with the tags still on.

* Let your friends/neighbors/club members/church members know what you are looking for. Start a clothing exchange with them. Their kids might be older and outgrew last years clothing that are still in great shape.

* Don't forget the big discount stores like Big Lots, AJ Wrights, TJMaxx etc. for great marked down clothing. Even a lot of the Dollar Stores like Dollar General and Family Dollar have clothing and summer items are going very cheap.

The point is, don't get yourself further in debt trying to get your kids a new fall wardrobe to start school in. Build it gradually when you see a great deal.

This post is linked to:
"Hooked on Fridays" at Hooked on Houses
"Family Fridays" at Homemaker Barbi
"Finer Things Friday" at Amy's Finer Things
"Frugal Fridays" at Life As Mom

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  1. Excellent article! One extra tip I learned from my granddaughter's school. If your school does require uniforms, see if they have a bulletin board where people post when they are selling/giving away outgrown uniforms. If they don't, suggest they start one. It may be too late for this year (I think her school started posting these in late spring), but there's always next year to plan for :)

  2. Great ideas! I am visiting via Hooked on Houses.
    Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Kaye, Great tip about school uniforms! Thank you for stopping by!

    Laura, thank you and I will head over to your blog now!

  4. Wonderful ideas! I am definitely putting a hold on buying fall clothes right now and will wait until October to hopefully get some better sales.

  5. Tracey, thank you! I am sure you will find some great bargains in October!!

  6. (Visiting from Julia's)

    I am only buying my girls (now two in school) a first day of school outfit. You're right it will still be warm and they have those kinds of clothes so I will wait until they need clothes before buying. Hopefully this coincides with some bargains.

  7. I have always gotten caught up in the back to school wardrobe budget blowing. I am on a frugal kick right now, but it's not always easy to get my 12 year old son onboard with my ideas. This year, he's been wearing hand me downs mostly, supplemented with affordable staple clothing from walmart. I will buy him some cool surf brand t-shirts to go with his inexpensive staples like cargo pants, and he likes name brand sneakers. I work part time at a retail store to get a nice discount on these items.

  8. Great post!

    I try to avoid buying a lot from the start of the school year. I wait until weather changes for the bulk or my purchase and by this time things are marked down. I buy a new backpack and lunchbox if necessary, and new undies, socks, and shoes for sure. Possibly a few new tops I find marked down.


  9. I'm actually glad that most stores don't offer the layaway option. That just encourages people to spend money they don't have. :(

    I love that there are frugal ways to outfit kids for school!


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