Back-to-school time is one of those special times of the year when parents have to reach into their wallets and spend money. Sending a child to a school that wears uniforms is one way a family can save money. When such is not possible, then the parents have to find creative methods of frugality. The following are some tips on saving money on back-to-school clothing.
Visit High-End Thrift Shops
Thrift shops can be gold mines for back-to-school shoppers. Parents often donate their children’s clothing to such shops when they grow out of them. Therefore, a frugal shopper can find well-conditioned brand name clothing from the previous season for his or her kids. Thrift shops sometimes contain brand new items that still have the price tags on them, as well. Some thrift shops are ritzier than other thrift shops are. The key is to visit several local thrift shops and find out which ones have the classiest lines of clothing.
Shop for Bundles Online
Parents who do not mind purchasing bulk used clothing can find a smorgasbord of clothing online in places such as eBay and Amazon.com. Auction sites are unpredictable, and they can sometimes save frugal parents a ton of money. For example, a parent can grab a large bundle of school clothing on eBay for $.99 if no one else bids on it. So many people are selling clothes on the site that getting an unbelievable deal on school clothing is highly possible.
Wait for Holiday Sales
The best time to shop for back-to-school clothing is a month before the school year starts. However, parents who do not quite have the funds at that time can take advantage of huge sales that occur after the school year starts. Labor Day sales usually start the weekend before the holiday. Parents can take advantage of those sales and grab their children wardrobes that can last the entire year.
Use Coupons and Promo Codes
Clothing store coupons and promo codes are always available online. A shopper can find them in the weekly newspaper circulars or on the retailers’ websites. Another way parents can find coupons and promo codes is by conducting online searches for them. Many third-party sites have coupons that people can print from home. Shoppers who checkout online can use promotional codes to receive their discounts.
Back-to-school shopping does not have to be stressful. Even single parents who have limited resources can find huge savings.