I love this time of year. What I don’t like about it, is that I am too old for back to school shopping! Luckily, I can get my fix by shopping for my two kids. My son is starting 3rd grade and has his own unique sense of style, and my daughter is starting kindergarten and shopping for her is SO MUCH FUN!
First off, I’m on a budget. And second, even if I wasn’t on a budget I would still shop on a budget for kids’ clothes since they wear them out and outgrow them so quickly. But having a few good staples that are high quality are essential to prevent replacing the same thing 3 times. The smart shopper that I am, I started last month at the Nordstrom half-yearly sale. They have great deals on kids’ shoes so I picked my son up two pair. A pair of Nike’s and a more casual everyday shoe. Score and done!
My normal go-to stores for kid shopping have been Old Navy, Gap, Childrens Place and Target. Now that my kids are older, I’m not really finding much I like at the old stand-bys. So this year I’d tried something new! This year’s top hits are….wait for it….H & M and Zulily! Score!
I’ll admit I’m new to H & M. This year they came out with a US website and I ordered a couple things online. Very recently, they opened a store in my local mall. I’m not crazy about the mall..but ordering online has been great! I ordered a few things for myself and wasn’t that impressed. The quality isn’t great and some of the accessories are too flashy! But I did end up with a few cute tops and some cute accessories—for cheap! And the kids’ stuff is great!! Old navy was good up to 5T, but the “girls” section, isn’t great. H & M is not only cheaper than Old Navy (gasp!) but the clothes are so stylish! This month I’ve spend about $150 at H & M for back to school clothes and literally got 30+ items! I had a 20% off coupon that I found at RetailMeNot (which I ALWAYS check before shopping online!) and tops that were only 4$ to start ended up being $2.40!! That’s cheaper than consignment! I got my daughter, the CUTEST outfits, all that you can mix and match, a super cute backpack and even shoes! My son got hoodies, henley’s, and button down shirts that he loves! All..without having to leave my home! Score again!
If you haven’t heard of Zulily you are really missing out! This online site offers designer brands for cheap! This is a great place to go to get good quality staples without paying full price! The selections change daily so there is always new stuff. But things do sell out so you have to act quickly if you really want something. Downfall of Zulily is that shipping is a little pricey.
And if you’re not shopping through eBates—you are missing out on cold hard cash! By just going through the eBates link to make online purchases, you automatically get a certain percentage CASH back. They will literally mail you a check! Why wouldn’t you! Use this link to sign up! http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=NA1QszDWRZoumD64TOUuag%3D%3D&eeid=26471
And if you use this link for Zulily I get a credit so please do! http://www.zulily.com/invite/elundstrom522
So without stepping foot in a mall, I have successfully completed my back to school shopping! Now….if I can just find an excuse to buy myself a few things! :)