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Soon bells will ring, playgrounds will once again fill with laughter and unfinished homework will start to pile on kitchen tables as the school year begins anew. But before kids can stylishly learn to read, write and practice arithmetic, their parents will find themselves calculating and crunching the costs of sending their little ones back to school. To help you save money on kids’ school clothes, check out these 5 fashionable tips:

Kids' School Clothes - Happy Mom helps her young son size up a blue plaid shirt while shopping for school clothes.

Kids’ School Clothes Tip #1: Shop in The Closet

Take inventory of your kids’ closets and dresser drawers to take a peek at what they  actually need, decide what needs mending and/or a trip to the cleaners. You may be surprised at how much money you can save on kids’ school clothes when you reuse last year’s clothing.

Make a list of what you have and what is needed before heading for the mall and use online tools like Trends Personal Finance Manager to create budgets, set spending goals and manage your finances all from one login.

Kids’ School Clothes Tip #2: Maximize Sales

Take advantage of special promo codes, coupons, rewards bucks, gift cards and online apps like cartwheel™ to combine different back to school bargains and maximize your savings.

Kids’ School Clothes Tip #3: Play The Waiting Game

Apply the brakes, even if your kids are chomping at the bit to hit the mall. You’ll pay less for fall clothing if you wait until its actually needed in late September or early October. However, if you do decide to shop now, make sure to shop end-of-summer sales to get the most bang for your buck while stocking up on polo shirts, tees, shorts and dresses that can be worn now and/or next spring.

Kids' School Clothes - Mom and daughter shop for a sweatshirt.

Kids’ School Clothes Tip #4: Buy Basics

When it comes to kids clothes, or adults for that matter, basics never go out of style! Items like plain cotton shirts, blouses, cardigans, v-neck sweaters, polo shirts, leggings and skirts can be used to create multiple outfits – and save you money. At many online and retail stores like Land’s End, Gap and others you can even receive a price cut by purchasing in bulk – just mix up the colors.

Plus, since these pieces are timeless classics, when your child goes through a growth-spurt, you can always pass their clothes onto younger siblings. You can also take them to a children’s consignment store where you can trade for merchandise or get cash back.

Kids’ School Clothes Tip #5: Quality Counts

Shop for items made to last. After all kids will be kids. In the long run, it can be more cost-effective to purchase well-made shoes, jeans, pants with reinforced knees and durable outerwear at the mall, than saving now at a discount store and possibly having to replace these items before Christmas Break.

Kids' School Clothes- Father helping his young son try on tennis shoes at a shoe store.

Ready, Set…Shop!

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