Why Money-Savvy Parents Buy School Clothes All Summer Long

Why Money-Savvy Parents Buy School Clothes All Summer Long

Shopping for school clothes on sale

Ah, summer! That glorious season of cookouts, fireworks, bug spray, and sunblock. It's a time for parents to forget about school drop off lines and lunch money and relax with our families. But the new school year is right around the corner, and now is the best time to save a TON of money on next year's school clothes.

School Clothes and Supplies Will be a Big Investment Come Fall

If you've ever found yourself struggling to buy all the school clothing and supplies your kids need for school, know that you're not alone.

The Huntington Backpack Index, a national non-profit organization that keeps tabs on such things, found that the average parent in 2019 spent per child:

  • $1,017 for elementary school children
  • $1,277 for middle school children
  • $1,668 for high school students

Your kids won't outgrow pens, pencils, rulers, or calculators. And by stocking up on those — and shopping for school clothes now — you'll decrease the big "Back to School" spend. Many cold-weather clothing items are deeply discounted right now. So get online and take advantage!

What School Clothes & Items Can I Buy Off-season?

Sometimes you need to spend a little money to save a lot of it. While shoes and pants are a bad idea, you can buy these other staples at a discount all summer long:

  • Outerwear, like coats, jackets, and blazers
  • Underwear, socks, and hosiery
  • Sweaters, hoodies, and joggers
  • Backpacks and lunch pails
  • Accessories like belts, purses and cell phone cases

By taking advantage of clearance racks and online retail sales now, you'll save as much as 70% or 80% on school clothes for next year. That's a significant saving, especially if you have a large family.

The trick is sniffing out the deals and paying in cash. Let's reiterate one more time: PAY IN CASH.

What School Clothes & Items Can I Buy Off-season?

The reason school shopping becomes such heartache for Americans is that we tend to over-spend using credit. Our precious sons and daughters need these items by a deadline, so we end up paying the highest retail prices using our credit cards. Then we're on the hook for interest fees and annual fees until the goods are paid for.

And here's something else you should know: retailers are in on it. There's nothing they love more than charging high retail prices for back to school items, particularly if you have a store credit card. That's like a double-whammy!

Where to Look for Off-Season Savings

We find a great many deals at retail store sites on eBay. We're not talking about buying used goods from other consumers. We're talking about the major brands that use eBay as a last resort to move tons of product. It takes a little practice, but search through eBay for a specific brand name like Aeropostale or Abercrombie Fitch to see authentic products from the genuine retailer, at off-season prices.

  • Amazon has some good offseason deals during the summer months too, though we've found the knock-off problem a little more pervasive there.

But any brick-and-mortar retailer will have a clearance rack somewhere. Take this opportunity to spend $3.00 on a pack of pens today in cash, rather than $5.00 plus interest for the same item two months from now. Make school supply stockpiling a summertime hobby year after year. Your wallet will thank you!