Back to school means it’s time to put away the bathing suits, suntan lotion, and beach tags and grab those backpacks, textbooks, and pencils. Saying goodbye to the summer can be difficult for younger students but much more difficult for older students, specifically college students, because they have to say goodbye to their summer friends and their families, whom they have spent the entire summer enjoying their company.
As school begins, parents will be spending hundreds of dollars on new school clothes for their children. Do not let new school clothes shopping empty your wallet or max out your credit card. Follow the tips outlined in this article to save money on clothes and sports gear for the Back to school season.
Purchase Used Sporting Goods
As your child returns to school it also means he or she is also gearing up for whatever sport they play during the school year. Students can choose from the following sports in school:
- Track and field
Not only will you have to purchase new school clothes but you will also have to purchase sporting equipment for your student. This includes helmets, cleats, gloves, bats, balls and uniforms. Got a soccer player? Kids grow fast. It’s possible that you’ll have to buy new cleats, balls, soccer socks, and shin guards each season.
Having to purchase sporting goods brand new can cost close to $500 or more per season. There is an alternate option to spending this much money and it involves purchasing used sporting goods. Used sporting goods can save you anywhere from $200-$300 per season, keeping money in your wallet for other uses. On the other side of things, you can sell your child’s old sports gear to make money for clothes shopping or trade in the old gear for discounted prices on new gear.
Purchase Clothing on Sale
The best way to save money when buying your student back to school clothes is to buy them when they are on sale. You can also purchase clothes that are not brand name. Make it known to your children that they do not have to wear brand name clothing for classes, no matter what their age is or what their preferences might be for clothing.
Clothing typically goes on sale in the beginning of August and stays on sale through the Labor Day weekend in order for parents to get their money’s worth when buying clothing. The best way to save money on buying back to school clothing is to find the best deals out there. Some clothing lines will offer five shirts for $20, two pairs of jeans for $40, and so on and so forth.
Shop Online: Look for Discount Coupons and Offers
There is nothing wrong with using gift certificates you received for your birthday or money you made working your summer job to pay for your back to school clothes. Also, consider using any coupons that the clothing stores offer the public for back to school shopping. Saving money on back to school clothing can be done if you find the right sales at the right stores at the right times. Savings.com is perhaps one of the best choices available when it comes to making huge savings on clothes and sport gear. Don’t forget to look for them online.
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