Back to School advertisements have been in full force for at least the past week. Just as we have all hit our stride with summer vacation. While it is fun and exciting for the kids to go out and select the perfect first day of school look and the lunch box that best represents their essence, it can feel rather hectic for mom dodging the crowds and trying to decipher where to find the best deals on the things the kids will need.
One of the biggest expenses for the new school year is getting clothes. Often kids have spent the summer playing hard and growing, making many of the past year’s clothes unsuitable. Locally we have several excellent options to stock the closet. For the little ones who are going off to daycare Lovely Little Baby Boutique has many unique and special little outfits. As you start looking for larger toddler sizes and small child there is The Children’s Place, Carter’s, among others. Once you are looking at having tweens Justice has done a lot of brand development and offers more than just clothes. More grown kids will likely have their own favorite stores already, but JCPenney is always my personal fall back. If you are looking for a resale option there are several sales in the area coming up between August and September. Also, shops such as Once Upon a Child are a year-round option.
Every grade will have a carefully curated list of needs. For items like the often requested Clorox wipes or hand sanitizer I often find that buying a bulk option that can be divided from places like Sam’s Club are a better buy than even the sales offered by area retailers. Another great option is finding a group like The Coupon Boutique that looks for the best deals on requested items. Ultimately, the convenience of getting everything in one stop is tempting. Even more tempting is taking advantage of one of the many curbside pick-up or personal shopper programs available. These eliminate the need to get out of the car and save you from dealing with the crowds.
Lastly, our area is the home of one of the nation’s largest populations of homeschoolers. As a homeschooler you don’t have to get out immediately to buy everything you need, you may still opt to for selection. The other option is to wait a month and buy up all the pens, papers, and curriculum as things are placed on clearance. If you are just starting, or are looking for another source for materials you can check out Educational Outfitters in Harker Heights, among other educator focused shops. While co-ops have all finalized registration for the semester, a great way to prepare to join the next one is to join their Facebook groups. Many seasoned parents are also available and wonderful resources to refer to with questions. If you are looking for a way to connect in person, there are area park days on Fridays.