There can be a lot of pressure at the beginning of the school year to have your child(ren) dressed to the 9’s; Or maybe your kiddos really do need new clothes after a busy summer and growth spurts. Whatever the case may be, we want to help you get the most bang for your buck. Give these ideas a try this year to see how far your precious dollars will s-t-r-e-t-c-h when you save money on back to school clothes.

8 Ways To Save Money On Back To School Clothes

Whether your kids want the trendiest clothes or they need new clothes after summer growth spurts, try these 8 ways to save money on back to school clothes.

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When looking for ways to save money on back to school clothes, this is a great way to see your dollars stretch. Growing up in a household of four kiddos, Mom always took us to the best thrift stores to find at least half of our clothes. She had a lot of thrift shopping experience so, she knew the best digs. If you are unfamiliar with the quality at various thrift store locations it may take you a bit more time to find the like-new affordable clothes you’re looking for. If you’re up for a hunt, this option is for you!


Amazon is a fantastic resource, especially if you are a Prime Member. You can’t be that two day shipping! I suggest using Amazon for things like socks, tees, underwear, and simple accessories. When you purchase on Amazon, you have the opportunity to buy in bulk which can save you a pretty penny- and you don’t have to deal with the drive ans hassle of another store!

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Buy a size up

An easy way to get the most out of your purchases is to buy a size up. Of course, this may not work for all types of clothing but for things like sneakers, tee’s, and even pants, you may be able to get away with buying a larger size. This way, you can get through a few months without taking another trip to the mall or shoe store.

Thred up/

Websites Like ThredUp and are fantastic resources for consignment clothing. ThredUp has free shipping on all of their orders and a simple return policy to make your purchases as simple as possible. has very high standards for the clothing that they accept so you can rest easy in the comfort of knowing that you will be getting clothes that are in great shape! If you’re interested, you can also become sellers on either of these sites and use your earned cash to make purchases on their sites.

8 Ways To Save Money On Back To School Clothes

Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet is a consignment shop that caters to students that are in late elementary and up. While their stores offer a wide selection, you will have to take the time to sift through the racks to find just what you’re looking for. One perk of shopping a Plato’s is that you can bring your gently used clothes to sell for store credit or take home cash. Plato’s has clothing for girls, boys, men and women as well as shoes, accessories, jewelry and more!

Once Upon a Child/ Local Children’s Consignment shop

My favorite choice for younger kids are shops like Once Upon a Child. Once Upon a Child has locations all over the US. They have a wide variety of clothing for newborns to early elementary students. They also sell all types of baby gear, toys, shoes, and more. At Once Upon a Child, you can bring in your gently used clothes, games, baby gear, etc for store credit towards your purchases. You could also opt to support your local market if you have a consignment shop nearby. This way, you know, you’re pouring your money into the local economy and you do have far to travel.

Facebook Yard Sale/ Nextdoor

Many families are turning to Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Yard Sales and Neighborhood Apps to buy and sell clothing items and other household equipment. You just have to be willing to take the time to pick up the clothes, post your own items for sale and browse for the right sizes and desired quality. If this appeals to you, start your search for clothes early to guarantee the most success.

New accessories

For students who don’t need to worry too much about surprise growth spurts, you can opt to purchase a few new accessories and a couple timeless pieces. Pair your current wardrobe items with some fun colorful accessories to create a whole new look for the new year.

Whether your kids want the trendiest clothes or they need new clothes after summer growth spurts, try these 8 ways to save money on back to school clothes.

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.