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Tips To Survive Back to School Shopping


Back to school, words us moms like to celebrate after a long summer. After spending months with the kids we long for the day they return to school. While we all like spending time with our kids we do need a break as well. With our tight schedules and limited budgets a shopping spree sometimes just isn't at the top of our lists, unless we are swimming in cash.

These mom-tested tips will have your children ready for back to school in record time without busting your budget and the bank!


1.Start with a plan: a master back to school shopping list is a must for each child returning to school. Sit down with the kids (if they are of the proper age) and discuss with them budget trade-offs. An example of a trade off could be waiting to buy a new shoes and a backpack so they can get the latest pair of jeans.

2. Closet-cleaning: Before you hit the stores get them to clean out their closets! Sort through their clothes, that way you know what fits and what they need. Sell the old clothes online (eBay is a great site to list your gentle used clothing), you can also hold a garage sale if it might just add a few more dollars to your budget.

3. Check for deals online: Amazon has a ton of back to school deals that you can score for a fraction of the price compared to department stores. Think school supplies, electronics and even clothes. If you are an Amazon Prime Member you also get free 2 day shipping which means you beat the in store crowd and have your items delivered right to your door.

4. It's best one-on-one: The best way to tackle shopping is by taking each child individually, that way they each won't feel that their time is spent waiting on their siblings to try on clothing or finding that perfect outfit. In the long run, it will save you time too.

5. Snag Sweet Deals: The biggest challenge is sticking to a budget when doing back to school shopping with your kids. By giving them a visual of the actual funds they have to spend, either on paper or by using real money, they'll learn the value of money and how to stretch the budget, while making the best possible choices for their needs. Use this as a way to teach them to search for bargains and other ways they can stretch their budget, whether its by in store specials or even coupons. It's never to early to teach your little ones the value of money.

By following these 5 tips you'll be well on your way to creating more time for yourself and staying within your budget. Back to school shopping will be a breeze this year, or maybe not.
What tips do you have for surviving back to school shopping? 


Annmarie John
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  1. Sad but tue that we need the tips post it is like a battle for back to school shopping

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  2. I hate back to school shopping. More so because the schools don't give us the list of supplies they need until after they are in school. Which makes it hard to shop as you have a very small window to get everything. Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I will keep these in mind when I am shopping for my son!

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  3. I go with lists. We get very specific supply lists from their schools and I like to go into it being prepared.

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  4. These are great tips for saving money and yourself while shopping for back to school clothes. This could also pertain when we are clothes shopping for ourselves.

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  5. Gosh, I am so not ready for back to school shopping. I appreciate the tips though!

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  6. Seriously, I used to love back to school shopping. This year was awful though. Thanks for the tips!!!

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  7. I am so lucky that I don't have to worry about this yet! My daughter doesn't start school until next year. These are fantastic tops though! I'll make sure to share with my friends who have school-aged kids!

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  8. I'm lucky that with a freshman my shopping is simple notebooks, pencils and a backpack.

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  9. I have learned not to go so nuts on school clothing. Kids ruin things quickly! As long as they are presentable is what matters these days.

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  10. Absolutely HATE back to school supply shopping.the gives a list, you shop to get great deals only when you get tp school each treacher gives you their own list thans you have to return and buy other items thatare no longer on sale.

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  11. Good tips. It is so easy to spend a fortune on back to school shopping.

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  12. Awesome tips! Especially the one about selling back the things you don't need - consignment shops are awesome for that!

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  13. I agree with one-on-one shopping. Why not take a chore and turn it into quality time?

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  14. Doing the "closet cleaning" now. My kids run though when I do this! I did do some shopping with a few of my kids during the weekend instead of taking all 5. It was a nice time.

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  15. These are some great tips. My oldest is actually starting school for the first time this year.

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  16. There was nothing to survive this year. I got everything done in one store and I'm finished with a month to spare.

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  17. Great tips! I think it is so important to make a list, look for the deals and plan your shopping day.

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  18. Definitely taking stock of what's in their closets first is the way to go. Sometimes there are pieces that can last at least a little while into the year, even if only as a layer.

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  19. These are some really great BTS tips! Honestly, I think closet cleaning is my nemesis ;)

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  20. Nice tips. Hard to believe it is that time again.

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  21. Aww back to school is the worst time for me! I love it when my little one is at home with me! But awesome tips...thanks :)

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  22. Great tips! I love back to school shopping for my kids...we didn't have a lot growing up so since I didn't shop much when I was young for clothes and supplies I find it really enjoyable!

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  23. Great tips. Back to school shopping kills me every time

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  24. These are great ideas. The back to school season is fast upon us and we must prepare for it.

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