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Added April 23, 2014

Back To School Deals

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For students, back-to-school shopping is one of the highlights of the year. But, with parents really suffering from the frightening cost of gas and food and tighter credit, you might have to find more back-to-school deals than in past years. Don't despair. If you shop smart, you can get many of the things you've been swooning over.


Before beginning your treasure hunt for back-to-school deals, do the math. Find out what your family can afford and then make out a basic shopping list. Look it over and order your list according to what you absolutely MUST have right now.


Study your favorite magazines and Web sites to learn the hottest trends. They'll help you to replicate the looks of teenage TV stars with a few basic cheap and chic pieces found at reasonably-priced retail stores.


Don't give into peer pressure. If you shop with a friend whose budget is much more generous than yours, you'll only get frustrated. Buy only the clothes that you feel comfortable in and will make getting dressed fun.


Investigate other shopping options. The mall is familiar and has what you need, but there are flea markets, discount stores, even yard sales, where your creativity and keen eye might net you back-to-school deals. Your local resale shop might have cool name brand clothes at a deep discount that you might accessorize with this season's huge earrings to make a unique fashion statement.


Do an inventory of the school supplies you already have. Calculators, folders and binders, backpacks and lunch boxes might live on for another year, giving you more money to spend on clothes. You'll be surprised, getting rid of redundant spending can save some serious cash. Check out the paper for each store's weekly back-to-school deals. Purchase each store's best sale and move on to the next store. Don't forget your local dollar store for some basic supplies. And the Sunday newspaper for coupons.


It's not necessary to buy a year's worth of clothes in one day. The weather (and styles) are bound to change. Advertising tends to make you think you need that winter coat now...but there's plenty of time to purchase that item. A few new trendy articles of clothing are all you need at the outset of the school year.


Consider a part-time job at your favorite clothing store. You'll get valuable work experience, receive a discount and back to school deals on the stuff you really love, and maybe earn enough for those to-die-for boots.


Find out when the next tax-free holiday is and wait to buy shoes and handbags then.


Don't buy on impulse. Do some research first. And save your receipts until you've tried everything on and your mom agrees everything fits properly.

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Posted September 03, 2013
I want and sort of need a lunch box i don't trust school lunch but my mom doesn't really like lunch boxes I don't know why though.
Posted September 03, 2013
My stores are: Jcpenney, Holister, Ambercrombie & Fitch, and Target. Those stores always have latest trends and clearence racks with very decent finds. The thing that's hard with back to school shopping is that you at least know that there's one thing you want for sure and it's not their or to expensive.
Posted September 30, 2011
Thanks so much for sharing my family is too but whenever we need something such as a gift or clothes we just go to Goodwill or Reuzit shop. I got 500 sheets of paper for a $1.00
Posted February 21, 2012
i love hollister's jean shorts exept there so expensive!!!!3 pairs is over a hundred bucks!!!!!
micki mouse roxx8
micki mouse roxx8
Posted June 28, 2012
i luuvvvv justice!! but yea my mom would NEVER take me there!! just 1 shirt costs $25!!! (but i could probably go there if i pay for my own) ;)
Posted July 14, 2012
I luv Aeropostale, Holister, Abercrombie, and American Eagle the most
queen supreme
queen supreme
Posted August 08, 2011
@MsCarlaSky my family is too. And I agree this article was very helpful. Its like we don't need to go to the pricey stores to find good things that'll last. Your local Salvation Army has good things for very low prices:)and the good thing is no one even has to know you got it from there.
Posted July 04, 2011
My family is on a budget right now and this was very helpful.
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