Smart Fashion Choices for Back to School

Whether you're a student, a parent of a student or a teacher, you probably have to do some back-to-school shopping. In the current economic climate, many people can't afford to blow their budget on clothes. So it's important to make a little go a long way. Before you step foot in the stores, consider these super saving tips. Take stock of what you need. For children, assess their wardrobes from head to toe. Keep in mind socks, undergarments, shoes and other essentials. Do the same for yourself. Don't be afraid to refurbish. Can jeans become jean shorts? Can rips or tears be covered with cool patches or pretty paint? Can skirts be lengthened? Keep in mind one person's trash is another person's treasure. Before you part with last year's duds, consult with other moms and see who would be up for a clothing swap.

Gather your darling duds and let the kids swap clothing. One treasure trove is second-hand stores that re-sell lightly worn clothes. Trade yours in and get cash or credit. Then use that to build up the wardrobe. Consignment shops and yard sales are also worth a look as you never know what you'll find. When it comes to the basics, check stores like Old Navy, Children's Place and other kid clothes' stores that offer two-for-one deals. If you can stave off your shopping spree for a month or two, you can likely pick up some great deals on clearance. Also, keep up on the coupons. Remember, that drugstores like Walgreens and CVS even carry some basic clothing items that you may be able to get at a discount.