Save on Back-to-School Clothes, Enter to Win Backpacks!
I've shopped sales, made purchases on the N.C. sales tax holiday, used coupons and rounded up all the gift cards I can find to cut the cost of back-to-school purchases for my kids, but the final price tag is still staggering.
As I've shopped, I've noticed that that the price of clothing has gone up dramatically in the past few months. You can blame the cost of cotton and other materials, according to CBS News. If you've gone the route of consignment stores and traded kids' clothes with relatives and friends and you still need more kids' clothing, you might check into a clothes shopping website like OutGrowingIn.com. Started by a mom clearing out her son's closets, OutGrowingIn.com invites parents to list boxes of gently worn and outgrown clothes for other parents to buy at a cost of just $3, plus shipping. The average box listed holds 12 items of clothing, so the cost per item is less than it would be at a thrift store or consignment shop. Besides suiting up your kids for school, the site offers a way to clear out toys and other baby and kid paraphernalia and make some money at the same time.
But, then again, what's better than getting stuff for free? If you're looking for free back-to-school supplies, backpacks, games, join our Back-to-School Party Aug. 17-19 on Facebook. You'll not only have a chance to enter to win these great prizes, but you can also meet other Triangle parents and learn valuable back-to-school tips. Carolina Parent's Beth Shugg is also offering great back-to-school giveaways in her Books, Bytes and Bits blog. Post a comment there and you could win books, games and supplies!
If you know any more ways to save on back-to-school shopping, share them with us.