So far I do buy T new clothes about twice a year. Not really tied to "school" but more to the seasons. As it gets colder, I usually try to stock up on cold weather clothes, and then I assess and buy anything I need to as it starts getting warmer. I get longer use out of shorts and t shirts, so I didn't buy a ton of those (because who cares if they are a little shorter this year than last year) but I do have to buy new long pants and long sleeved shirts every year because he has always grown so much. As a matter of fact, I bought some 4T pants in early spring 2012 and they are already noticeably too short for him, he's already in size 5s. He's a tall, lanky kid who seems to shoot up the most in the summer time every year, so that always means new clothes in the fall. I wouldn't do it just to do it though, it's because he needs it.
My girls wear uniforms to school, but if they didn't I'd definitely buy them a few new outfits for the start of school. Just a tradition I loved as a kid and wouldn't mind doing with my girls.
I actually don't buy my girls many new clothes at all. Alana gets hand-me-downs from a good friend and an older cousin, and my MIL loves to buy them dresses and shoes. I usually buy them 1-2 pair of pants when it starts to get cool, a new jacket every other year, 2-3 bathing suits at the beginning of Spring, and a few other pieces here and there as something comes up (like every year Alana gets a new bright colored shirt for her Spring concert, etc.).
I'm with both the "buy as they need" and for some items, buying at the end of season. (For example, I LOVE scoring a kid's nice winter coat -- "in season" that would be $70 - $90 -- for $12 at the end of season! I buy a size larger and hope that I'm close.)
Shoes, however, I've been horrible at predicting what size. There have been years where they wore the same size for 9 months and then slammed with changing sizes twice in one season alone. Argh.
LOVE LOVE LOVE hand-me-downs. Some friends and I exchange regularly. It's terrific!
The "back-to-school" shopping for us is mainly supplies due to the deep discounts on pencils, crayons, paper, etc. The older ones enjoy picking out a special backpack and/or notebook (typically again based on need.)
Lillie -- thank you for the reminder on Sears. I need to go reread their warranty policy again!
And I guess they caught on that people were abusing it. Sorry!
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Wow. That's a very very friendly policy! I wonder if their CA website is better than their US one. Half the orders I've made online get cancelled because the stuff is "out of stock". Though I love shopping in their stores.
Do you guys not have the rewards card that can pull up the purchase for you?
I do back to school and buying throughout the year. We always did back to school when I was younger, and I just kept it going. It's exciting to have new things for the school year to start. The kids love going to the store and picking out their 'first day outfit'.
I don't go crazy with money though. This year I spent probly 175 on clothes. But the school supplies cost me over 200 bucks. They each needed FIVE two inch binders, that alone was 50 bucks! Crazy...
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DD starts kindy next Tues and all the school has requested is a backpack that can hold a library book (check) and a pair of runners with non-marking soles. I haven't bought her any new clothes because I just hit the motherload of all motherloads at my neighbour's garage sale last month for school clothes. Plus, I love love love my trusted consignment stores. Why buy new when you can buy something a fraction of the cost that's broken in, pre-shrunk and that DD still treats like brand new?
So the only thing I have to buy is the shoes. She will need some bigger outdoor shoes for Sparks too. Her uniform arrived the other day. Pretty cute.