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It’s that time of year again – between the commercials, store signs, and your children who are growing ever anxious at the fast approaching new school year, it’s undeniable that back-to-school season is in full swing.

According to the National Retail Federation, families like you and I are spending a little less this year on back-to-school essentials; but the average is still a whopping $600 per family. Between supplies, electronics and – of course – clothes and shoes, it’s amazing how much we actually spend.

The reality is, your kids can most likely go back to school with a lot of what they already have in their closets. With a little time, a bit of ingenuity, and a few purchased essentials, you can create a super cute wardrobe without breaking the bank.

With the help of my friends over at I’ve put together some useful tips and great examples of wardrobe essentials and must-have items to help you and your little one make it through the school year.


Get Organized

First things first – you can’t really do much shopping until you see what you’re working with first. Head to your child’s closet and spend a few hours seeing what you’ve got.
Separate things into piles:


Have your child close by to try on clothes that you’re unsure about. If you’re anything like me, you probably put together the same outfits for your children repeatedly because you know what works. Since there’s no pressure to have your child dressed and out of the door at the moment, you can really take the time to play around with different clothing combinations and think outside the box just a bit.

Once you’ve organized and purged, you should already have a few great outfits in mind to start off the school year. With everything fresh in your mind, now you’re ready to…

Go Shopping!

Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need featuring some fun and – most importantly – inexpensive items from one of my favorite online kid’s retailers,

Optionally, add 1 or 2 full nice outfits for special occasions or other school events. 

Pin the images above to your “Back-to-school” Pinterest board for awesome reminders of what to stock up on for school. 

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