How to do Back to School Shopping for your Kids
Back in the day (maybe a decade or two ago) there weren’t a lot of options for shoes for kids and parents had to stick to the limited options. The shoes were either made of high-quality material but quite ugly, or made with sparkly materials but of low quality that didn’t last long. Now that has changed as there are lots of good quality options that look great, have a great fit and are stylish and fashionable. Even though there are large companies that make good and affordable shoes smaller companies like Nome kids make good quality and unique Loafers and Booties for Babies and for toddlers too.
Keep in mind that your babies feet need some protection from the elements, but indoors, shoes may hinder his efforts to master the art of walking, since they can be slippery and will make it harder for them to balance. Socks on bare floors will also cause them to slide. For ideal standing conditions, let your baby practice in bare feet on wood floors; they can then use the sensations in the soles of his feet as a guide. If you’re concerned that their feet will be cold, try slipper socks with non-skid soles.
When your baby does step outside, make sure that they are outfitted in footwear that meets the following guidelines:
- Whether the shoes you choose are high-top or low-cut, they need to remain snug on your child’s feet. Since babies tend to have fat, round feet, they have little or no heel to help hold the shoe in place.
- The shoes should be made of breathable materials, such as canvas, leather, or suede, to avoid perspiration that can produce a rash on tender skin.
- The right fit is critical: Shoes that are too short could pinch your child’s feet and even cause a deformity; if they’re too long, she will be more likely to fall. Have a salesperson measure both of her feet very carefully. Your baby’s shoes will fit her best when there is about a thumb’s width between the end of her longest toe and the tip of the shoe.
Now we are done talking about shoes for babies, let’s talk about shopping for shoes for toddlers and tweens. When it becomes time for back to school shopping it’s all hands on board as both customers and sellers try to make the most of the high sales and sometimes rush season to make the most of their purchases or sales.
Below are some ways you can make the most of your purchases.
Mix and match old items with new items:
Sometimes, clothes items from the previous year would still be the right size for your kids so you can mix them up with some new things to create different outfits and different looks.
Do a price research:
It’s easier than ever to check prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal. There are websites and apps that monitor prices on millions of Amazon.com products and sends alerts when prices drop. Apps like RedLaser and PriceJump let shoppers scan an item to see if there’s a better price online.
Buy at the right time:
Back-to-school discounts have already started, but the trick is knowing the best time to grab certain items. For summer clothes like short-sleeve tops, wait until the last week of August and the first week of September to reap the biggest discounts. For fall clothes, try to buy the first week of October. For jeans, he says to buy later in October for the largest savings. In years past, Glaser says he’s seen brands like Lucky, Levi’s and Nautica cut prices by 40 percent to 60 percent during October, with few restrictions
Buy the basics in bulk:
Stock up on items like socks and hoodies. Target’s new Cat & Jack line for kids has offered $4 tank tops for girls online. Gap’s Old Navy has up to 60 percent off with styles starting from $4. Old Navy is offering deep price cuts on hooded sweatshirts, selling for around $12, that Andres Dorronsoro, general manager at Old Navy merchandising, calls “extra cozy.” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has basic T-shirts for boys for just under $3 and leggings for girls for just under $4. And you can always get the bulk of almost any product you need at Costco.
Shop off price:
Thee are discount stores that sell high-quality brand name items that are off season at low prices. For example, like T.J. Maxx, Ross Stores and others are increasingly offering more items in season and are working to better curate them to the local market. T.J. Maxx says that now through the beginning of September is the best time to catch trends for kids and teens, such as plaid and athletic-inspired clothing.
Take advantage of sales tax break days:
Nearly 20 states offer sales-tax holidays, primarily in August, which target popular back-to-school items like clothing and accessories. Dates vary, and shoppers need to check the restrictions for each state. There are sites that post the task free days that you can check and track. In Connecticut, for example, shoppers can get the 6.35 percent tax waived for clothing and footwear that has a taxable value of $100 or less from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27.
Leverage store rewards:
Chose one store and do most of your shopping there to get the biggest benefit from its rewards program. The Kohl’s programs offer $5 in rewards for every 100 points, or dollars spent. Shoppers can also sign up for programs like Plenti, which let them earn points in one store and use them in another with a single card. Earning 1,000 points will help you get at least $10 in savings at companies like Macy’s and Rite Aid. Also, if you want to get bigger rewards, choose one store to do all or most of your shopping and get their store card. Be cautious of getting a store card because its a credit card and it would affect your credit.