How to Save Money on School Clothes

As school is back in session, I have been working on sorting through my kids’ clothes. The school supply list is always full, so I like to look for ways to save money on school clothes. With how quickly kids grow out of clothes, it is very beneficial to look for ways to save.

Tips to Save Money on School Clothes

Before you head out to the stores, you need to head to your child’s closet. 

Empty the closet and dressers.  

It may seem overwhelming, but emptying out the closet and dressers will help you have a better view of what type of school clothes options your child has. I like to lay all of the clothes by category on the floor so I can see if they are needing more of certain style.

Inspect the clothing.

Is it too worn? Have they ever worn it? Do I love it? Do they love it? Be honest with yourself about the clothes. Put items in keep, donate, or store piles.  My son has a few shirts that I know he will never wear, so I set them aside to store for my next son who is not as picky.

Ensure the clothes fit.

If you are not sure if something fits, have your child try on the clothes to double check. There is no reason to keep clothes that are too small in the closet. I will go through all of the clothes and put items I am not sure about in a pile. Then I can have my kids quickly try these on.

Make a list of what you need.

Once everything has been sorted through, you will have a clearer idea of what you need to shop for. Make a list of items that are needed so when you start shopping, you will be able to stay focused and use your money wisely.

Tips to Save Money on School Clothes

Shop second hand.

I love finding great second hand clothing stores. It is amazing the quality of clothes you can find for a discounted price if you just look a little. One great place to shop and donate clothes to is Schoola, which is an online second-hand clothing store. People can donate clothes and choose the school they want the proceeds of their clothing sales to go to. At the same time, others can purchase the clothes at a decent price. As the wife of a teacher, I know how important these funds can be. It is such a practical and easy way to give back.

Tips to Save Money on School Clothes

I always love a win all around as you can donate your old clothing and purchase new items that allows you to save money on school clothes. Schoola sent us some outfits to check out and I am very pleased with them! Each was a great quality item and will be perfect for the school days ahead. With the rate children go through clothes, I am all about shopping second hand in order to save money!  I already have a stack of our gently used clothes ready to be sent back to Schoola in one of their pre-labeled bags.

How to Save Money on School Clothes & Give Back!


How do you save money on school clothes?

Thank you to Schoola for sending clothes for us to review! As always, all opinions are my own honest thoughts. Read more in my disclosure policy.

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  • Reply Jenny

    Great post! I’m a big fan of buying used – it’s such a great way to save money and reuse things that would ultimately end up in a landfill!

    July 4, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply Keri

      Very true Jenny! I watched the True Cost on Nextflix and it was very eye opening!

      July 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Those are some great pics of the kiddos. I had never heard of schoola, but will have to check it out.

    July 4, 2017 at 9:38 am
    • Reply Keri

      Thanks Emily! I love those pictures too- hope you have a great day!

      July 4, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Anne @ Like the morning sun

    Lovely pictures! And could definitely buy second hand clothes more often! Schoola looks like a great and practical way to support a school and save money at the same time!

    July 4, 2017 at 10:57 am
    • Reply Keri

      It is harder to find good options for the boys but I was very pleased with Schoola for them! I love finding little treasures of places.

      July 4, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Kristi

    Great tips! I’m such a lover of second-hand clothes. Schoola looks awesome too!

    July 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm
    • Reply Keri

      They are definitely a win of a place! I love finding good second hand clothes!

      July 5, 2017 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    Great suggestions! My daughter is going to be wearing a uniform this year, so I’m excited that once I buy the pieces, I’m good for the year 🙂

    July 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Hooray! I am sure that will help so much!

      July 5, 2017 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Kristen

    It’s so great to hear about an online option for used children’s clothes. My son RACES through the sizes.

    July 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Mine do too! It is crazy how fast they can fly through the clothes!

      July 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

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