5 Tips for Better Back-To-School Shopping

There are a number of items “on sale” during this recession and clothing in particular has dropped in price. But back-to-school shopping has been known to stretch even the most well planned budget. So if you want to get the most bang for your buck, here are five ways you can make back-to-school a little easier on your wallet:

1. Make a list. Figure out what your children already have, and what they still need. Have them try on clothes to see what still fits, or what is worn out. Create a list of what is actually needed, not just "back-to-school stuff," and then stick to it. It will save you from making unnecessary purchases.

2. Mix and match. Look for tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched, rather than trendy (and more expensive) articles of clothing that can only be worn in one combination. Think classic styles, rather than the latest trends.

3. Go to discount clothing stores. Pay a visit to TJ Maxx (Stock Quote: TJX), Marshalls and Ross to find clothing at discount prices. There are many ways to score high-end clothing when you look to bargain stores. Shop these stores’ clearance racks, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get for your dollar.

4. Use consignment shops. Gently used clothing is new to your kids, and very inexpensive. Plus, if you bring your own clothes, you can get store credit or even earn a little cash from what you have in your closet. This is a great way to extend your back-to-school budget a little further.

5. Buy in stages. You don’t have to buy all of the school clothes at the beginning of the year. Buy a few articles of clothing for the beginning of the year, and then wait a couple of months. Clothing regularly goes on sale at the end of the season, and you can buy a little bit of what is needed throughout the year, as it goes on sale.

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