Have you started your Back to School clothes shopping with your children yet? With over a few weeks left until the kids return back to school, many parents are starting to take notice of the sale flyers and making their lists of what they need to get for their children to start the school year off right. I remember growing up, going school shopping meant that summer was officially winding down and that we would be back to getting up early and spending our days in schools, just waiting for the weekends to roll around. My mother used to bring us to the outlet shops in NH, as a way to have a variety of stores to shop at, and hopefully being able to get all of our shopping done in one location. while my oldest brother and I were easy to impress when it came to clothes -- a few new outfits no matter the name brand, and we were good -- my middle brother, was quite the opposite. He needed to have all the name brand clothes and the "hot" must haves for back to school. So, while my oldest brother and I would spend about an hour shopping the stores in the outlet, my other brother would have to continue his back to school shopping all the way up until school began.
Fast forward 20+ years and I am officially in the group of back to school shopping parents -- for the first time. Who knew that pre-schoolers would need back to school clothes? As I was flipping through the sale flyers this weekend, I couldn't believe how the stores target children of all ages -- from toddlers through college students, and then onto young adults. Back to school is not just for elementary through high school anymore. In addition to shopping for Savannah, I will also be shopping for my 6 yr. old nephew and 8 yr. old niece, as they will be staying with us during the school.
I am not the type of person who likes to wait until the last minute to go shopping for things. Usually by mid October I am pretty much done my Christmas shopping for the kids, and then will pick up a few items here and then when the holiday sales begin after Thanksgiving. So, when it came time to plan for Back to School shopping for the first time this year, I wanted to have a game plan in place. Luckily all the kids I will be shopping for are not like my middle brother was and need to have the "it" brands to go back to school with. Instead, they are more in character clothing and clothing that is comfortable to wear. So, where do I go to get my back to school shopping done? Kohl's -- of course! :-) And, this past weekend, while my husband stayed home with Arabella, I took the kids clothes shopping. I think out of the three, Savannah was the most excited, as she spent all morning tell everyone she was going shopping. :-) When we arrived, I had a list made up of how many shirts, pants, socks, underwear, etc. I would need to get the kids. School supplies were already taken care of back in June, so I didn't have to worry about pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. :-)
Even though my kids are not into name brand clothing, I love how Kohl's offers a wide selection of top name brands, to fit everyone in the family's tastes. My husband, the other day, was excited to find a few polo shirts there, and was surprised when it was from the "Marc Anthony" line. He also couldn't wait to get home and show me the receipt showing that he had saved $95. :-) I let my niece and nephew browse the aisles and pick up a few outfits, while I helped Savannah with her shopping. If I left it up to Savannah, she would take one of everything from the shelves and fill countless shopping carts with a new wardrobe of clothes. while I had checked the sales flyer before heading to Kohl's, I was happy to see additional in-store sales going on. Many of the clothes including underwear and socks was "Buy One Get One Half Off." Even the toys were B1G1 Half off. Note to self to return this week to get a few
holiday gifts for the kids. :-)
After about an hour and half of going up and down every aisle in the boys and girls sections, everyone was content with the outfits they picked out, and I had checked off all the items on my must get list for them. Now, it was time to checkout. As we pushed the two shopping carts to the register, I was trying to run numbers in my head to see how much I had spent. Luckily, I had $40 in Kohl's Cash to use from last week's end of summer clearance shopping I did at Kohl's, as well as a 20% off my entire order coupon to use when used with my Kohl's credit card. Unlike other departments, Kohl's lets you combine multiple coupons to receive the best savings on each and every order. When all was said and done, the total for sending three kids back to school was $159.10 . As part of the Mom Central Consulting Kohl's campaign, I was sent a $100 Kohl's gift card to help with the kids' Back to School Shopping. So, with this and the 20% off coupon, I only had to pay $159.10 out of my own pocket. Not bad for three kids and four bags of clothing. I also got another $40 in Kohl's Cash to use for a future purchase. If you are not familiar with Kohl's Cash, you earn $10 for every $50 you spend during a Kohl's Cash Earning Event, which usually happens often at Kohl's. So, not only was I walking out of the store with all my Back to School shopping done, I also had $40 in FREE Kohl's Cash to spend on a future trip to Kohl's and loved seeing that I had saved $259.29 on my sales receipt.
Just look at the clothes I was able to get Savannah and my niece --
My nephew didn't want me to show the clothes he bought, as he wanted to surprise people the first week back, when he would be wearing a new outfit each day. :-) Kids...gotta love them!
Now, to get the kids back on a sleep routine, in time for school starting in a few weeks. Summer reading book have been read, book reports written, and now school shopping done. Instead of running around and stressing about what the kids need for school, we can take it easy and enjoy the last few weeks of school, thanks in part to Kohl's, as they have become my one-stop shopping for all my family's needs. Don't get yourself stressed about Back to School shopping, or drive all over creation just to get clothes your children will wear. Head to your local Kohl's and browse their selection of top quality brands, all while saving $$$. You will not be disappointed once you reach the checkout line. :-)
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.