What are the back to school items you want to skip? Which ones are on your to do list?
If I was to fill out a survey on the topic I would say
1) One of my back to school items is trying not to look like the frumpiest lady at drop off.
2) closed toed shoes for Vivien. She can’t wear her favorite foot wear at her school, sandals, so I will be looking for closed toe shoes that are EASY TO PUT ON. When we are trying to get out the door I can’t stand wrestling with the hard to slip on shoes.
3) good price. Yes, I have seen $130 jeans for little kids. I have also seen people bungee jump. I plan on doing neither. They grow out of their clothes so fast it’s koo-koo to spend that kind of money on kid clothes.
Well, speaking of surveys Sears and Blogher did a survey about parent’s shopping habits for this Back to School period. Here are some of the results
—two-thirds of parents say they are inclined to spend more on apparel items like jeans, tops and shoes for this school year versus last year.
So, even in a downturn, kiddos still keep growing. I am more likely to buy something for my kids than myself.
But according to the survey, parents are spending more on KEY items, but, they using newspaper ads, circulars and loyalty programs to track down the best deals. All those services that rhyme with boo pon, you know.
Okay, so what are the key items? For my 10 year old niece it’s cool pants and graphic tee’s. Preferably, with a peace sign. For my 17 year old stepson, it’s tight legged blue jeans and plan t shirts. For Vivien it’s anything in pink. So, to make the purchase worthwhile… the maximize your time, here a few results of my own:
1) pick stuff they are really going to wear. Yes, I would love it if I could still dress my niece up in fancy dresses, but it ain’t going to happen.
2) lay out a few rules. there will be no midriff showing, a non starter. I’m fine with a peace sign, or Love or American flag, but nothing with a negative or snarky saying thanks.
I know I will soon be made irrelevant, but right now I still a little input.
3) don’t shop at a place that is not your food group. Make sure it’s a store that has stuff you feel okay with.
4) Sears has a great Facebook application called, “Mom’s Amazing List”, which allows you to actually create your own shopping list and get suggestions based on your child’s gender and age.
5) Avoid the impulse. I could buy my daughter cute, flowery dresses all day, but her closet is choking with them, so until she gets a little bigger, I can’t justify that purchase.
I should ) my own shopping better.
this is the first of three posts sponsored by Sears about Back to School shopping. I am going to be doing some media appearances in support of their program. I love me some Sears.