Saving: Back to School Savings Ideas

Save on back-to-school clothes and supplies.

A brand new school year is starting soon, and it's time to outfit the kids with back-to-school clothes and supplies. Read our members' solutions for accomplishing just that. Maybe after this year's school-shopping expedition, you'll even have enough left over to get something nice for yourself.

I wait for all the sales before I buy. For jeans, both Sears and Kmart usually have pairs for 50 percent off. This works great for me because I have two boys to buy for. I also try to buy when Payless or Kmart is having 50-percent-off specials. They even have sales on school supplies. - allboyz

A true bargain hunter at heart, I was quite worried about how I would keep my son clothed. He's only three but he is already in size-five clothes! I want my child to look well put together. Here are some ways I get around high prices:

1. I buy classic and buy big. A polo shirt, chinos, khakis or jeans never go out of style. Buying classic allows you to buy larger sizes when they are on sale.

2. Check out your area for second hand clothing stores. Look in upscale communities -- they may have great quality clothing. You can find some incredible bargains on "gently worn" clothing.

3. Visit discount stores like Marshalls or T.J. Max. They have great bargains if you know how and when to shop. Become friendly with the staff and find out when new shipments come in. Look over clothes carefully; I have talked managers down 20 to 50 percent if a button was missing or a seam was not sewn correctly. With a little work, the clothes were like new. - mizty

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