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Saving on Back to School Clothes Shopping

06/27/2016 09:55AM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Finance, In Print, Today



By Desiree Rohrbach, ‘Hood Intern 

 




Every fall we head back to the stores for new clothes, just in time for the school year. While back to school shopping can be a fun experience, it can also be an expensive one.  Just because you might have to throw out old clothes, doesn’t mean you have to throw your money out with it. Consignment and thrift shops will allow you to stretch your dollar and make far more purchases than you would have while buying at full price.  Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your consignment or thrift shopping trip.

 

Make a List:

We’ve all been guilty of leaving a store with far more items than we planned on buying. A cheap trip can quickly turn into an expensive one if you go overboard. Write down what you need and stick to your list, so you don’t get sidetracked.

 

Look for Brands:

Know what brands you like and what brands offer the highest quality. These items are usually the first to go. Familiarizing yourself with these brands will help you to spot good deals when you see them.

 

Make it a Learning Experience:

While you’re out and about, take time to teach your kids some simple math skills.  Set a budget with your children and let them help you calculate the estimated costs of the items you buy. Not only will this help keep them entertained but it will also teach them how to be responsible with money.

 

Go Shopping Often:

New items are continually finding their way in and out of consignment and thrift stores on a daily basis. There is always something new, so keep your eyes out for it.

 

Shop Online:

Thrift and consignment shopping have risen in popularity within the last few years. This means that the trend has found its way onto the web.  Shop from thousands of online thrift and consignment stores without even leaving your home.

 

Double Check Clothing Quality:

Many thrift and consignment stores take extra care to make sure their stock is clean and in good condition. However, it’s possible that something went unnoticed. Double check that the items you buy have not been damaged.

 

Let Your Kids Choose:

Your child is far more likely to enjoy the trip and their new clothes if they play an active roll in choosing them. Pick out a few clothing items that you approve of and let your child decide which they like best.



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