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It’s the MOST wonderful time… of the year. Or at least an old school supplies ad used to say. Back to school means back to a routine, and a lot of freedom (time to WORK!) for many parents like myself. While Red has been in preschool before, this fall marks his first year in Pre-K and starting a real routine with tougher curriculum. Upon entering his classroom, he’s required to hang his backpack, sign in with his name on the board, and empty his take-home folder to the teacher’s desk. While I don’t think the classroom is asking a lot of Red, I’m hoping he can get the hang of the new routine and pick up the new class lessons with ease.
Something else that was on our fall list was to tackle Red’s wardrobe. NONE of his pants (or shorts!) were fitting from last year. Red finally slowed down in the growing department, letting me rest on my laurels and recycle lots of clothes from previous seasons to wear again and again. But I realized that we were very wanton in the clothing department as we faced the fall season. I needed a smarter way to inventory our wardrobe and plan for my restocking shopping trip. Here is how to SMARTLY restock your kid’s back to school clothes:
1. DONATE: Go through all your kid’s drawers. Pull out everything that’s too small and create a donation/resale/hand-me-down pile. You’ll be surprised what you will find the back of the closet! Be sure to rummage through your coats, gloves, hats and even socks and underwear. This will really help you pare down your drawers and only keep what fits.
2. Find Out What You Really Have & Make a List: Of everything that made the cut, inventory what’s left. Do you need more khaki shorts? long sleeve undershirts? What about all those hoodies that just went to goodwill… do you need a few more to fill the gap? Make a short list of what you need (almost like grocery shopping!) so that when you visit the store, you can make a beeline for those 2 pairs of sweatpants, 3 play shirts and a winter coat.
3. Print Your Coupons!!: Carter’s has some really great coupons that you can layer with a sale to make the most of your buck. Print out the coupon below for extra savings (you can use it online, too!)
4. Shop Smart with Your List & Find a Few Extras: You know what you need, so fill your shopping back with those necessities and then choose some of Carter’s cute doorbuster selections, happy colorful Ts fresh looks that are on sale. They have tons to choose from for boys and girls up to size 8 and shoes up to 3y! Bring your kids with you to let them choose an outfit for themselves – the creativity that exudes from a young brain combined with Carter’s happy, fresh options makes for some super cute outfits for your kid’s back to school clothes.
It may seem cliché, but I rely on Carter’s for quality and long-lasting clothing. Having been through 4 years with a very active little boy and only one pair of pants with holes in the knees, I know what lasts! Plus, the sales and coupons make it so affordable I can snag that extra cute sweatshirt for the cool weather. Red was very pleased with his new clothing selection and happily modeled some of the outfits for Chase:
Oh! And this was really nifty: something new I noticed before I left the store: Carter’s new rewards program. No more lugging the huge receipts and coupons around with me – the rewards are tracked online and emailed to you. You will soon be able to spend your rewards online, so I don’t even have to get in the car. I am stoked about this option, because I’ve lost out on redeeming my fair share of rewards points! Be sure to connect with Carter’s on facebook and twitter if you have any questions or want to share your back to school looks!