It is almost time for back to school, and that means shopping. Sometimes, the pressure of back to school shopping can take the pleasure out of shopping. You can avoid feeling overwhelmed with a few simple guidelines that will make your shopping experience a lot more relaxed.
The old adage “the early bird gets the worm” is true in this situation. The earlier you start on your back to school shopping, the more likely you are to get everything you need. You can also save money by hitting more sales, and shopping in more locations throughout the summer instead of doing all of the shopping at once. However, do keep in mind that some localities offer one tax free shopping day for back to school supplies. So, check your calendar.
Get Your List
The best way to get organized for back to school shopping is to start with what you absolutely have to have. Most of the time, this means school supplies. Make sure to get a list from your child’s school to check off what items you will need. There will be a lot of items your children want that aren’t on the list. Having the list can help keep you on track to stick to your budget.
Start With the Basics
Once you’ve got the necessary school supplies done, start with the personal basics. Underwear, socks, hair ties, undershirts, and other everyday items like these that you don’t want to forget. In addition, get your child’s school handbook to find out what the rules are for the clothing that they wear. You won’t to buy a bunch of awesome outfits only to find out that they can’t wear them.
Know the Trends
Before you head out to shop for a back to school wardrobe, it is important that you are comfortable with the trends. This is something that will set you above the other parents, and you will find that your kids appreciate the clothes you buy them. Look around at what the other kids are wearing, look through magazines and do internet searches. Do some window shopping to get an idea of what is fashionable for children to wear today. Also, don’t hesitate to get input from your kids. After all, they are the ones that will be wearing the clothes.
Shop the Sales
Starting early allows you to take your time and shop the sales. Getting a good bargain on a fashion forward wardrobe is a huge score, and one you can take advantage of. Since you are so comfortable with the trends, you can keep an eye out for great deals. If you have them near you, take a trip to outlet stores and visit a few thrift stores for some great vintage pieces.
A great way to build a wardrobe without breaking the bank or getting too complicated is to focus on key pieces that you can mix and match. You can build an entire wardrobe with a few coordinating pieces that can be put together in different ways to make a whole new look each day.
Simple accessories are a great way to mix up a great wardrobe made out of those coordinating key pieces. Bold, funky colors make a statement, and pieces that can be layered are perfect for just about any wardrobe.
The day your kids walk through the doors on their first day of school, they will feel cool and confident. Being prepared for the start of school is a good beginning, and a new wardrobe is a fresh start that makes everyone feels good. Your kids will shine with confidence, and you will be proud of them and yourself for mastering the art of back to school shopping.