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Back to School Style Tips When You’re on a Budget

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s back to school time, y’all. Here are 3 Tips for Back to School Style when you’re on a budget.

Growing up, one of my favorite things about going back to school was back to school shopping! I absolutely loved getting new clothes to start the school year. You know that new clothes smell? To this day, it still gets to me.

Although I’m not school-aged anymore, my children are, and I get to relive all those fun memories of back to school shopping with them. But shopping for three kids is hard, y’all. My wallet seems so much thinner than it was at the beginning of August – just sayin’.

With the kids headed back to school, these Back to School Style tips will come in handy while shopping.With these 3 back to school style tips though, I’m able to get more bang for my buck. The kids are happy, and so am I!

Back to School Style Tips

Shop sales and clearance racks. I love sales. In fact, I hardly ever shop anything that is not on sale, even when I’m buying for myself. I know that paying full price for something will only make me mad when I walk in to the same store a week later and see it on sale. The clearance racks are also a great place to look for clothing for the next year. I can usually find things for up to 90% off. I just buy a size up and put it in the back of their closet and wait until the next year.

With the kids headed back to school, these Back to School Style tips will come in handy while shopping.Buy a selection of plaids, prints and solids. When I find something that the kids love, I usually purchase it in as many colors and prints that I can find. Letting them choose colors and prints/patterns allows them to show their own style. If they don’t pick what I think they need, I’ll add them while they’re not looking. They hardly ever notice. This tip also comes in handy for the last and final tip.

With the kids headed back to school, these Back to School Style tips will come in handy while shopping.Think beyond one outfit and buy multipurpose pieces. Not only do I do this for my children, I do it for myself as well. Having a closet full of multipurpose pieces makes mixing and matching easy, even for kids. And don’t worry about mixing plaids with prints. We think it looks cool!

With the kids headed back to school, these Back to School Style tips will come in handy while shopping.

We did some shopping at OshKosh B’gosh and there were so many cool and stylish outfits, especially with all the mix and match pieces. I love that there are so many options available so that my children can create their own stylish outfits that show off their own sense of fashion, and not mine.

With the kids headed back to school, these Back to School Style tips will come in handy while shopping.

I think he did a great job of picking out his outfits. There was a little help from me, but most of it was all him!

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These Back to School Style tips will come in handy while you're shopping on a budget.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.

Comments

  1. 1
    shelly peterson says:

    Keep things simple and have mix n match outfits.

  2. 2
    Ellie Wright says:

    I don’t have a lot of style tips. My boys are sports nuts, so all of our back to school shopping consisted of buying various sports related shirts and shorts.

  3. 3
    Steve Weber says:

    You gotta stay with the trends.. solids are always good… and some dark denim.

  4. 4
    James Robert says:

    Well, not sure how much style this has but my girls all like to wear the leggings with shirt type dresses.

  5. 5
    Lori Jackson says:

    I show my Son how you can wear different shirts with different pants etc. Altho he always gravitates to something sports related!

  6. 6

    Buy a few basics and accessorize them.

  7. 7

    My tip is to buy for comfort over style because kids like comfy clothes.

  8. 8
    Bryan Vice says:

    My tips are to try to get some good pants that you can wear any shirt to, that way theres lot of different outfits to wear

  9. 9
    Stephanie Phelps says:

    I think my best back to school styling tip is a fresh hair cut and some cute jeans and pullover shirts.

  10. 10

    Be yourself, don’t focus on the latest trends…. they’re only temporary. Set your own style.

  11. 11

    My tip is to stock up on t shirts when you find a deal. They are versatile.

  12. 12

    I am all about saving money whenever possible. I often shop secondhand for clothes but also shop sales.

  13. 13
    Adrienne Gordon says:

    Can’t go wrong with athletic brands.

  14. 14

    My tip is to start shopping for back to school EARLY. It helps to just buy whenever you find things on sale instead of waiting for a specific time

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    Michelle Hill says:

    I let my kids decide their own style. They always appreciated that.

  16. 16

    Using target cartwheel on clearance clothes!

  17. 17

    with 4 boys I try to stick with basic colors and Styles so they can passed down

  18. 18

    Any time I’m in any store, I head straight back to clearance. Always great in-season stuff at a bargain.

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    Elizabeth Brooks says:

    We definately mix and match since my girls wear basically the same size (atleast for now). And when they dont I try to buy quality, so they can be handed down. We also try to pick dark clothes, they last longer.

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    Ronda Patrick says:

    Keep it simple, we shop early in the summer and then a couple special outfits closer to school. They have more to wear that way!

  21. 21

    I buy solid bottoms and patterned tops so it is easy to mix and match.

  22. 22
    Sarah Hayes says:

    keep it simple and comfortable

  23. 23
    beth shepherd says:

    I like cute and comfy. They rule my wardrobe. Thank you

  24. 24

    One of my tips is to get my daughter’s outfit and accessories ready the night before so we don’t have to rush around in the morning figuring out what to wear!

  25. 25

    Keep it simple and go with basics (colors and styles).

  26. 26

    These are awesome back to school tips for someone on a budget, I am always on a budget. I am convinced that’s how you can truly get somewhere financially in life is to set a budget, regardless of how much money you make. I am loving the 20% off too, will have to share that!

  27. 27

    Buy classic jeans, they are always stylish.

  28. 28

    Mix and match tops with jeans

  29. 29

    I remember that Osh Kosh B’Gosh was a big hit when I was this age…I am glad to see that it is still the case. The other big names were the Members Only jackets and Izod (remember the alligator).

  30. 30
    Jodi Hassel says:

    Basics and solids always work for me

  31. 31

    These are great outfit choices when you are on a budget especially with the rate that kids grow these days

  32. 32

    my grandson has a uniform so not much style there for school!

  33. 33

    These are awesome tips. I’ve got to share these with my daughter! Tell your son he picked out some cool threads!

  34. 34

    My sister in law will appreciate this. My nephew is starting school this year.

  35. 35

    I get my children a lot of jeans and plain shirts so that you can change up the outfit easily!

  36. 36

    I get my children a lot of jeans and plain shirts so that you can change up the outfit easily!

  37. 37
    Anne Higgins says:

    Make sure our clothes are ready to go, especially socks (they disappear so easily!) It is modeling for Mom to make sure that the clothes still fit that have been put away for the summer.

  38. 38
    Richard Hicks says:

    Jeans. cute sneakers and hip shirts

  39. 39

    These money saving tips are really awesome. Thanks for suggestion

  40. 40

    I buy comfortable clothes that are easy to my Grandaughter to wear.

  41. 41
    Denise B. says:

    We homeschool; so, we don’t have to go through any back-to-school stuff.

  42. 42

    My tip is to buy a lot of outdoor ‘play’ clothes. My son is always outside playing!

  43. 43

    My tip is to get a good selection of graphic tees. They make great casual outfits paired with joggers or jeans.

  44. 44
    amy stonger says:

    I always have the kids come shopping with me to pick out their clothes. I am so horrible at it!

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    Cynthia C says:

    It’s good to get basic solid color pants or skirts and add cute tops to lots of different styles.

  46. 46
    Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    My kids went to a school that required a uniform, so we went shopping for school uniforms instead. However, if it happened that they were not required to be in school uniform, I would choose comfy jeans, t-shirts, pull-overs and a warm jacket to keep them warm through the fall and winter. Oh, and lots of underwear and socks too.

  47. 47

    I have no style tips. IN our family, we wear what’s comfortable and what we like. We don’t pay attention to trends

  48. 48
    Jillian Too says:

    My tip is to buy layers so your kids can adjust as they get hot or cold throughout the day.

  49. 49
    mickeyfan says:

    If your child’s sense of style doesn’t match your own….so what? Let him or her be his/her own person.

  50. 50

    We pick up a few outfits before school starts, then we shop after the first week of school. The kids like to see what everyones wearing ….and then we go and shop the deals!

  51. 51

    Let your child help pick out their clothes. My son (3) loves helping choose his shirts!

  52. 52
    dianne hall says:

    My tip is to not wait until the last few weeks of summer. I start in June/early July!

  53. 53

    I LIKE TO MAKE SURE MY KIDS ARE NOT ONLY DRESSED NICE BUT ARE ALSO COMFORTABLE. MY SON WEARS A LOT OF ATHLETIC TYPE CLOTHES AND ME DAUGHTER LEGGINGS AND CUTE TOPS. THE KEY IS GETTING A LOT OF ITEMS THAT YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH TO CREATE NEW OUTFITS.

  54. 54
    Jennifer W says:

    Don’t be afraid to buy clothes from the opposite gender’s side.

  55. 55

    My tip is to buy lots of staple pieces!

  56. 56

    I stick with whatever is comfortable.

  57. 57

    No tips yet! Back to school is new to me . My oldest is starting preschool so I’m just starting to think about getting her school clothes!

  58. 58

    One of my favorite tips is to stock up on the basics.

  59. 59

    I say get pants/skirts/shorts in a basic solid color (like beige, black or denim) so the kids can wear a variety of blouses or t-shirts with them.

  60. 60

    We love mix match outfits.

  61. 61
    Tara Darity says:

    I let my kids pick things they like and make them comfortable. Then we mix and match outfits!

  62. 62
    Kristen J. says:

    simple colors and patterns so that most everything can be interchanged. Above all everything has to be comfortable and usually a little larger so the kids can use them longer.

  63. 63

    I like solid colors.

  64. 64
    Jennifer Oppel says:

    Let kids have a say in what they will be wearing

  65. 65

    My back to school styling tip is to keep current on kids fashions.

  66. 66

    My daughter likes tagless comfy clothing. I shop sales!

  67. 67
    elizabeth miller says:

    My best back to school style tip is to keep it to what you can manage and is comfortable. Don’t buy things that require a ton of upkeep to keep looking nice.

  68. 68
    Michelle C says:

    My best back to school style tip is to not buy too many items before school begins. Many times, once my kids are back in class, they change their minds about what is ‘cool’ to wear.

  69. 69

    Although it is important (for self-esteem if nothing else) to have at least one completely new outfit to start school, don’t expect to cover the entire school year in one massive shopping spree. Weather changes, children grow. Here, the first couple of months of school normally involves shorts and short sleeve t-shirts. Later in the fall, somewhat more warmth is necessary and during the winter, add jackets and sweatshirts and jeans, with reversal as spring comes!

  70. 70
    susan smoaks says:

    i like to get clothes that have classic looks for back to school and steer clear of the trends.

  71. 71

    You can never go wrong with skinnies and sneakers

  72. 72

    Pick the outfit out ahead of time so there aren’t arguments in the morning.

  73. 73
    Susan Thevenard says:

    Keep it simple and lay out clothes the night before!

  74. 74
    Julie Hawkins says:

    My tip is comfortable clothes that are easy to clean and are made of quality material.

  75. 75
    casey everidge says:

    stay comfortable, and pick out your clothes the night before!

  76. 76
    Danielle Wood says:

    We let the kids pick out their own clothes so that they are comfortable. We set outfits out the night before so they are ready for the kids in the morning

  77. 77

    Tshirts, dresses, jeans, dress shirts, etc. setting out stuff the night before

  78. 78

    My tip would be to wear something comfortable! There is so much going on during the first day of school. It’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin!

  79. 79

    I like to get a lot of pieces that can be mix-matched.

  80. 80

    I guess I’m the same as most. Just getting things that you can mix together. Same clothes just different outfits.

  81. 81

    One of my back to school style tips is to have clothing that can be worn in layers depending on weather and room temperature.

  82. 82

    I like my skirts. Perfect for summer and then in fall pair with fun knee socks. Once cold use cute leggings to make them winter ready!

  83. 83

    My son loves bright colored pants and shorts. He knows we have to get some basics (jeans and khaki colored pants and shorts, and a few solid polos). He also knows he will get to pick out his fun t-shirts and 2 or 3 pairs of the bright shorts and pants he likes.

  84. 84

    I don’t actually have any tips.

  85. 85
    Jerry Marquardt says:

    I love these new styles that include a tag-less system, as the tags always irritated my skin.

  86. 86

    My style tip for back to school is to get quality pieces that you can interchange to create multiple outfits.

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    Maria Beas says:

    One of my back to school style tips is be able to keep everything organized. Food, clothes, shoes, backpacks and everything else at home. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  88. 88

    We like simple comfy clothes and let the kids pick what they like

  89. 89

    We decide on outfits the night before. Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  90. 90

    My tip would be to not be too ‘matchy- matchy’ with younger kids. Explore creative ideas and make their wardrobe fun for them.

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