Back to school shopping is not only stressful and time-consuming, but it can leave a huge dent in your pocketbook if you let it. Especially if you have teenagers who only want the brand name shoes and clothing. Often times, after you spend so much money on the required school supplies list there isn’t much left over to splurge on new clothes.
If you are looking to be more frugal, like me, then buying school clothes at full price is not the way to go. Thankfully there are other things we can do to make our kids happy and keep our pocketbooks full. Here are 5 ways to save money on school clothes this year.
Consignment stores are the only way to shop for clothing if you ask me. Not only can you get gently worn brand name clothes for less, at many stores you can take in your kid’s school clothes from last year and get cash back to spend on this year’s school clothes. Check out places like Plato’s Closet or Once Upon a Child for the best deals. Both of these stores, and most places like them, have certain guidelines on the quality of clothing they buy back. All of it is very gently worn or brand new!
Facebook Garage Sale Groups
Most cities have a “buy, sell, trade” or “garage sale” group on Facebook. Just type your city’s name and one of the previously mentioned group titles and they should pop up (example: “Dallas Buy Sell Trade” or “Dallas Garage Sale”). In these groups you can buy items from people in the surrounding areas. It is not uncommon for me to see clothes posted in my city’s group for very cheap. Even if you can’t find school clothes to buy in the group, you can sell last years clothes here to make extra money to purchase this year’s school clothes.
There are tons of iPhone apps out there for buying and selling gently used clothing. One of my favorite apps for teen and adult clothing is Poshmark. The app is very reputable and if you have a brand name loving teenager this is a great place to get cheap designer clothing and accessories. Some other apps for buying and selling clothing that I can recommend are threadUP and Totspot. There are many more apps like this, but I know these 3 are great places to look.
Ebay or Craigslist
Craigslist is FULL of listings selling kids clothes in bulk. I’ve seen listings for just trashbags or boxes full of certain sizes clothing. Buying them like this might mean getting a few items you don’t like, but usually they are so cheap that it shouldn’t even matter. Go to craigslist.com, in the for sale section click “baby + kid”, and then search “clothing” in the search bar. This should bring up a good amount of listings. Ebay also has quite a bit of kids clothing, but they seem to be a bit pricier than what you can find on Craigslist.
Aside from consignment stores, overstock stores such as TJ Maxx and Ross are my favorites places to shop. If your kids are insistent on having brand new clothes for the school year this is where you need to shop. You can find a lot of name brand clothing, shoes, and accessories for over half off. This is where I shop for almost all of my clothing. You can also check out places like Nordstrom Rack for high-end items for less.