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Organizing a Successful & Stress-Free Back to School Shopping Trip

08/01/2011 10:52 AM | Anonymous

by Jacquie Ross of CastAway the Clutter!

After a long summer break, most children are bored and ready to go back to school, especially when it’s time for back to school shopping.  However, before you leave for your back to school shopping spree, you’ll need to get organized, so that you can have the best experience possible.  First and foremost, you’ll want to set a budget, and let your children know that you have one.  This will teach them a lesson in responsibility and they are less likely to be disappointed when they can’t have anything they want!

Here are 8 tips to help you to plan a successful back to school shopping trip:

  1. Before you begin your back to school shopping spree, go through your child’s closet and thoroughly de-clutter and organize.  Donate clothes and shoes that they are no longer wearing.
  2. Take inventory of the remainder of clothes which can be worn during the school year.  This avoids wasting time shopping for clothes that they don’t need.
  3. Make a list of essential and basic clothing that they will need during the school year.  For instance, underwear, socks, t-shirts or sweat shirts, shoes, boots, raincoats, hats, gloves and scarves. Figure out approximately how many of each item they will need, and consider stocking up on extras to use later in the year.
  4. Keep in mind that you may not just be shopping for their day-to-day wear; you may also have to plan ahead for their after-school activity clothes too. Take into account what after-school activities they will be participating in and plan accordingly.
  5. Check the school’s dress codes so that you have up to date information before you go shopping for back to school. Otherwise, you may run the risk of ending up with a wardrobe full of clothes that your child can only wear on weekends.
  6. Check out back to school sales flyers and see if you can get a few things you need on sale. You may also want to check for deals online, and also take advantage of online coupon codes.
  7. Before you leave for your shopping trip, make an agreement with your child that they can pick out one or two outfits that they like.  This will make the trip a little more fun for them.  Of course, you’ll also need to remind them of your budget.
  8. During your shopping trip, you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes, shop smart, take advantage of sales and try to mix and match separates as much as possible.

Finally, if your state has a Tax Free Shopping Week, take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity and plan the majority of your shopping during this week.  By planning and organizing your back to school shopping trip, you’ll feel more in control, less stressed and are less likely to overspend.

© 2011 Jacquie Ross, CastAway the Clutter!  All Rights Reserved.

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, life and family coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy mom expert, Jacquie works with moms, families and busy professionals to clear their clutter, manage their time and run their households more effectively.  Learn more about her organizing and coaching services at www.CastAwaytheClutter.com.

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