Back to School Shopping


When I was growing up, I always looked forward to back to school shopping. What kid doesn’t love new clothes and new shoes? But, it’s important to make the experience fun, practical, and affordable.

Especially in the Northeast, the seasons aren’t necessarily defined as clearly as they used to be, with 80 degree days lasting through October last year, no matter how cute the new sweatshirts you bought are, you can’t wear them! So make smart decisions. The month of August is not only full of back to school sales, it is full of summer clearance.

So make sure to look out for coupons, or special savings days, but also take some time when you go shopping to dig through the summer clearance racks. There are a lot of cute summer clothes that can be paired with a new sweater, sweatshirt, or jean jacket – and look like they were made for fall. Most layering pieces are universal throughout the year, so imagine your kids wardrobe to be similar to yours, rather than falling for the marketing in the stores where the “fall” clothes are put out front in the department. Coupons are often overlooked as well, but most of the time, the more you buy, the more you save. If you set aside a few hours to go to the store, and make your haul worth it, you can often end up using a higher value coupon and get more for your dollar.

Also make sure to take advantage if your state has a tax free week or weekend. It might not seem like you are saving a ton of money, but if you take a look at buying coats, boots, shoes, and school supplies you can end up saving a good chunk of change!

If there are bigger/more expensive items you need – whether it be a certain brand of clothes, or an electronic (tablet, laptop, etc), make sure to do your research. Shop around online before heading out to the store so you don’t fall into a trap of getting a “Daily Deal” at one store, but getting home to see a commercial on TV that the same item was cheaper at a different store.


Like anything in life, the more fun you make the experience, the more fun it will be. And always get your kids involved in the shopping with you – not only will it make it more fun, it will be a great learning experience for them too!